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Sing and Tell Our Savior’s Story Features Brian Wren, Noted Hymn Author

2005-02-21

Decatur, GA.—Brian Wren, a noted hymn writer, congregational consultant, and lecturer, will lead a workshop titled “Sing and Tell Our Savior’s Story: Exploring Poetry and Praise” at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Mobile, AL, March 12-13, 2005. Dr. Wren is the John and Miriam Conant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. According to Randall Sheets, Spring Hill’s director of music ministries, the workshop on Saturday, March 12, includes sessions titled “Poems of Faith: The Words of Hymns as a Spiritual Resource,” “God Loves Ordinary Voices: The Power of Congregational Song,” and “The Moving Power of Music: Our Songs, Awful Songs, and other People’s Songs.” Dr. Sheets says the sessions are designed for everyone. “You don’t have to be a musician, or think of yourself as a singer,” he says. “The aim is to enrich our worship, to talk, pray, and sing together, and have an enjoyable experience.” The workshop on Saturday begins at 9:15 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 13, Brian Wren will preach during the “Festival Service for Lent” for both the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Before joining the faculty at Columbia Seminary in Decatur, GA, in 2000, Dr. Wren served as a pastor in his native Essex, England. As a consultant focusing on congregational education, worship, and song, he is interested in working with congregations on how worship can be faithful to tradition and yet at home in a multi-media culture, and in new directions in hymnody and hymn writing. He has written and co-authored a number of hymns and publications, including Bring Many Names, Tell the Good News!: Worship Songs: Easter, Before and After, and Praying Twice: The Music and Words of Congregational Song. The workshop is free and lunch is provided on Saturday for a $7 charge. A reservation for lunch is required by Thursday, March 10, 2005. For more information or to make a reservation for lunch, please call Randall Sheets at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church at 251-342-1550 ext.15 or e-mail rsheets@springhillpresbyterian.org. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). xxx


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