Larry Visser is minister of music and organist at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Each year near the end of October the congregation at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church gathers for an evening hymn festival. Last year the festival was called “Songs of the Covenant,” a service focusing on various biblical characters with whom God kept covenant. While the hymns and anthems were central to the festival, the pastor’s brief meditation entitled “Why Are They Singing?” set the tone and explained the theme for the entire service.
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives" (Matt. 26:30). As Christ and his disciples sang a hymn following the Passover, let us, in this season of remembrance and celebration, sing hymns with voices united to the risen and ascended Lord.