Hymn Competition

Hymn Competition in celebration of the 150th anniversary of an urban church in the Reformed tradition. Deadline for hymn text: July 1, 1989. Deadline for a subsequent hymn tune competition for the winning text: December 1,1989. Cash award of $300.00 for each winner. For details, contact: Hymn Competition, Central Reformed Church, 10 College NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, (616) 459-3260.


January 6-7,1989, Atlanta, GA
Church Music Workshop: "The Psalms in Worship," at Chandler School of Theology, Emory University. Contact: Allan Sandlin, Assistant to the Director of Choral Programs, Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322.

January 6-7, 1989, Dallas, TX
Choristers Guild Dallas Chapter Mid-Winter Workshop. Contact: Terry Price, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220, (214) 691-4721.

January 7,1989, Grand Rapids, MI
Second Annual Symposium on Worship and Church Music, at Calvin Theological Seminary. Speakers: Paul Manz, Robert Webber. Contact: Worship Symposium, Department of Music, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506; (616) 957-6453.

January 27-28,1989, Detroit, MI
Choristers Guild Detroit Chapter Mid-Winter Workshop. Contact: Marilyn Snook, 5367 Thirteen Mile Rd., Warren, MI 48092, (313) 268-9290.

January 30--February 1, 1989, Atlanta, GA
Choristers Guild Atlanta Chapter Mid-Winter Workshop. Contact: Linda Wrightson, First United Methodist Church, 5095 La Vista Road, Tucker, GA 30084, (404) 938-3030.

May 16-19,1989 Toronto, ON
Worship '89, A Liturgical Symposium: Daily Prayer Through the Week from Sunday to Sunday. Speakers: Elaine Ramshaw, Paul Bradshaw. Sponsored by the Canadian Liturgical Society, at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto. Contact: Rev. L. R. Likness, 25 Old York Mills Road, Willowdale, ON M2P 1B5, (416) 488-9430.

June 18-24, June 25—July 1,1989 Montreal, NC
Conferences on Worship and Music (same conference repeated second week). "A Pilgrimage through the Incarnation"—Advent—Epiphany. Sponsored by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Contact: Montreat Conference Center, P.O. Box 969, Montreat, NC 28757.

July 9-12,1989, Grand Rapids, MI
Annual Conference of the Hymn Society of America, at Calvin College. Contact: The Hymn Society of America, Inc., Box 30854, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129, (817) 921-7608.

New Psalter Hymnal Resource

In the Presence of Your People. Bible Songs for Worship.
Seventeen Bible songs recorded by the Calvin College Alumni Choir and the Saint Cecelia Youth Chorale, conducted by Dr. Anton Armstrong. Available on cassette only, $8.95 US, $11.20 CDN. For orders call (800) 333-8300; in Canada (416) 336-2920.

Contents: Side A: Comfort, Comfort Now My People/Arise, Shine, for Your Light Has Come/ Rejoice in the Lord Always/Hallelujah, Praise the Lord/The Lord's Prayer/Seek Ye First/Here from All Nations/Song of Simeon/The People Who in Darkness Walked.
Side B: Alabare/In the Presence of Your People/I Will Exalt/The Lord's My Shepherd/As Moses Raised/I Am the Holy Vine/The Lord Bless You and Keep You/Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates

This recording is the third in a series; the first two recordings of hymns are titled We Come, O Christ, to You and Lift High the Cross. A fourth recording of psalms is scheduled for release early in 1989.


Harold Geerdes notified RW editors that an important sentence had been left out of the third paragraph of his review of Acoustics in the Worship Space (RW 9). The paragraph should have read as follows:

In the final section of this very useful pamphlet the author makes one statement with which I disagree. He finds fault with central loudspeaker placement and suggests a distributed system of multiple loudspeakers which I find to be very unnatural, since sound comes from above and not from the source. A central loudspeaker cluster over the pulpit gives naturalness and "point-source" identification, so that the sound seems to come from the preacher's mouth, not from the side walls or ceiling. The rather recent development of what are called "constant directivity" loudspeaker horns and their successful use in many church systems make this statement misleading and obsolete.

Reformed Worship 10 © December 1988, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Used by permission.