Host – Augsburg Fortress
Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 3909 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29204.
Date and Times: Friday, July 17, 2015
6:00 – 7:15pm – Choir Rehearsal (for those who wish to participate in the festival choir)
7:30 pm – Hymn Festival Concert
*Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is hosting this hymn festival at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Columbia, S.C., that is free and open to the public. Hymn festivals are a way of promoting congregational song in churches, as well as bringing communities together through music and liturgy. “Let the Whole Creation Cry: A Hymn Festival” follows a pattern for worship that includes hymn introductions and accompaniments, readings, reflections, and prayers prepared by John Ferguson, retired professor of organ and church music and cantor to the student congregation at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. Congregational hymns and choral anthems will be led by Eric Nelson, artistic director of the Atlanta Master Chorale, director of choral studies at Emory University, and minister of music at Second–Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta.
In addition to the hymn festival, individuals and choirs are invited to participate in the festival choir led by Nelson and accompanied by Ferguson in a rehearsal prior to the hymn festival from 6 to 7:15 p.m. No registration is required to attend the hymn festival or rehearse and sing with the festival choir. If you are interested in attending, contact Susan Ritchey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 345 – 2000.