Summer Community Hymn Sing

Riverside Presbyterian Church will host the third event in its 2019 Summer Community Hymn Sing series at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. The Space Coast Gospel Quartet will lead attendees in songs of praise.

COCOA BEACH – Those who love classic church hymns will have an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane this weekend when Riverside Presbyterian Church presents the third event in its Summer Community Hymn Sing series.

The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at 3400 N. Atlantic Ave. and will last approximately 90 minutes. No ticket is required.

Attendees will join Tim Harris, Jim Valdes, Millie Smith and Bob Fleming of the Space Coast Gospel Quartet in singing songs of praise from two hymnals: the “Broadman Hymnal,” which was published in the 1940s, and the “Red Back Hymnal,” which was published in 1951. The latter includes “Amazing Grace.”

The books are two of the main sources for old hymns, noted hymn sing producer/director Deacon Mason Gibson.

“The Broadman Hymnal was the hymnal of choice for the Baptist churches nation wide,” Mr. Gibson said. “The Red Back Church Hymnal was/is the choice of the Methodists nation wide.

“The folks who enjoy singing the precious hymns grew up with one of these two hymnals,” Mr. Gibson added.

Funded as part of Riverside’s Dr. Vernon Boushell Concert Series, the hymn sings launched last summer with three events.

“There were many requests from music lovers in our community for additional events during the summer,” Mr. Gibson said. “The most popular request was for a gathering to sing the hymns that contemporary churches have discontinued.

“Dr. Boushell, a choral leader in Brevard for many years, would be delighted to know his influence is still helping to bring the favorite old hymns to current audiences,” Mr. Gibson added. 

Mr. Gibson will act as praise leader for the event, while Bob Fleming – who in addition to being a member of the Space Coast Gospel Quartet is also a member of the Grammy-winning CenturyMen – will serve as song leader. Gospel pianist Rebecca Lee will provide piano accompaniment.

The afternoon will feature hymns such as “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Love Lifted Me,” and “I Saw the Light.”

While lyrics will be broadcast on video screens, a copy of each hymnal will be provided so attendees can write down requests for future events.

The church’s last summer hymn sing is scheduled for Sept. 15.

To learn more about Riverside Presbyterian Church, visit www.RiversidePres.org or call (321) 525-7825.

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