DEL CITY—The event is being heralded as a time when Oklahoma Baptists across the state gather to sing many great hymns and favorite songs of faith.
Del City, First Southern is hosting Hymn Sing on March 9 at 7 p.m. Described as “A Night of Celebration and Worship,” the event will be led by Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus and Oklahoma Student Worship Choir.
Randy Lind, Oklahoma Baptists worship and music ministry partner, said Hymn Sing has been “in the works” for a while. “The Hymn Sing has been on my mind for several years,” he said. “We were getting ready to plan it, and then COVID happened.”
What brought it back to Lind’s mind was a recent Christmas concert featuring both the Singing Churchmen and ChurchWomen.
“This was coming out of COVID, and the congregational singing of Christmas carols at the beginning was unbelievable,” he said. “I really enjoyed that part of the concert. That reminded me of the original plan of having the Hymn Sing. We went forward full steam ahead after that.”
Hymn Sing will be the first time all of the Oklahoma Baptists choral groups and orchestra will be performing together, but Lind said they will only be a part of what will make the event memorable.
“It’s going to be a combination of those groups leading occasionally, but mostly it will be congregationally driven,” he said.
The concert will be in segments, emphasizing Hymns of Celebration, Songs of the Cross and Songs of the Creek. Lind said Songs of the Creek will feature memorable songs over the years that were sung at Falls Creek. He said attendees can expect to sing “Victory in Jesus,” “My Tribute,” “Days of Elijah,” and Bill Green will lead everyone in singing “Saved, Saved.”
Anthony Jordan, retired executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists, will speak on the impact Falls Creek had on the lives of many people, not only in Oklahoma but around the world.
After a song of salvation, Todd Fisher, executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists will offer a time of spiritual decisions. The event will conclude with a brand-new arrangement of “Amazing Grace.”
“It’s going to be fantastic,” Lind said of the Amazing Grace arrangement, which will feature a pipe and drum corps. The well-known and beloved hymn will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2024.
Hymn Sing will feature a video interview with Bill Gaither, and Lind said a singing of “Because He Lives” will be observed after the video.
“Our favorite songs carry a memory,” Lind said. “People remember when they sang certain songs. Not everyone will know every song, but most people will know the songs we will sing.
“One of the things I’m excited about Hymn Sing is bringing our Oklahoma Baptist family together,” Lind continued. “But another great thing will involve the students and children. They are going to look back, I hope and pray, at the time when they sang with 450 singers, the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony and a roomful of people, and they sang ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Victory in Jesus.’ We hope we can build that memory for them.”
For more information on Hymn Sing, visit oklahomabaptists.org/worship.