Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Praise, Pizza & Party!

Marathon of Service Worship - come worship God for the blessings and joys of our community.  Connect with others as they share their experiences of service, join in some joyfully loud worship music and then move to Fellowship Hall for some Pizza and a BPC party!  

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Mar
2
10:30 AM10:30

The HYMN Project - Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus - Hymn Story - the story behind this hymn is somewhat elusive.   Some traditions say it's as old as the 12th century, sung when Crusaders made their way to the Holy Land. Originally, some believe, it was sung to a Gregorian chant. None of that can be substantiated.

Others attribute the hymn to around 1620, when the followers of the reformer John Hus were driven from Bohemia in a bloody purge. They settled in Silesia, now part of Poland. This is said to have been a Bohemian folk song.

The first known appearance of the hymn was in the Roman Catholic Munster Gesangbuch of 1677. Hoffman Fallersleben heard a group of Silesians singing this hymn, wrote down what they sang, and published it in his Schlesische Volkslieder in 1842. This is the version of the hymn we know.  The hymn appeared in English in Richard Storrs Willis'Church Chorals and Choir Studies in 1850.  Willis was also the composer of It Came upon a Midnight Clear.

This arrangement is by our own Nancy Reeves using the text set to a new melody/harmony.  

 

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Feb
23
10:30 AM10:30

The HYMN Project - In the Garden

In the Garden - Hymn Story  - C. Austin Miles (1868-1946) was a pharmacist turned hymn writer and church music director. He was also an amateur photographer. One day in March, 1912, while in his dark room waiting for film to develop, Miles had a profound spiritual experience in which he saw an incredible vision of Mary Magdalene visiting the empty tomb. He saw her leave the tomb and walk into a garden where she met the Master and heard Him speak her name.

When Miles came to himself his nerves were vibrating and his muscles tense; the words to a new song were filling his mind and heart. He quickly wrote out the lyrics to In The Garden and later that evening composed the musical score. The song was published that same year and became a theme song of the Billy Sunday evangelistic crusades.  Arranged for us by a long time friend of BPC, Perry Hart.  Adapted from a summer Men's Ensemble arrangement that was loved by all. 

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