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Music and Scripture highlighted a hymn festival at Trinity Christian College on February 25 that was part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Christian Reformed Church. The audience joined the Trinity Concert Choir and members of local church choirs, along with brass and organ, in singing hymns on the theme, “I Will Remember the Deeds of the Lord.” Professor of Music Dr. Helen Hoekema Van Wyck conducted the performance.

President Steven Timmermans opened the event with the invocation. The Ozinga Chapel auditorium then echoed with praise as everyone sang one of the most well known songs of the church, Old Hundredth, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Rev. Pedro Aviles, assistant professor of church and ministry leadership, presented the call to worship. Jane Voss, program manager of the Church Connection Initiative at Trinity, and Dr. Yudha Thianto, associate professor of theology, read Scripture. Allison Backous ’07 of Sauk Village, Illinois, offered a prayer of thanksgiving.

Rev. John Witvliet, director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, presented a pre-festival lecture titled, “The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship.”

“The Psalms stretch us,” he said. “They teach us to say things we never would otherwise say.”

A Faith Engaged conference on February 24 offered insight into Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to pastors, musicians, church leaders, and laypersons. Both the Hymn Festival and Faith Engaged conference were co-hosted by the Trinity Christian College Music Department, the Church Connection Initiative at Trinity, and the Making Connections Initiative of Calvin Theological Seminary.

Photographs taken by Kristin Bolan ’08 and Keith Kosmal ’09.

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