Thursday, September 1, 2011

175th Anniversary!

Celebrating 175 years!
by Missy Tippens

And, no, I haven't been married 175 years. :) Our church celebrated our 175th anniversary this past Sunday. It was an amazing event. We had former members and pastors return. Had special music and a huge crowd. We were honored to have our District Superintendent speak, and to also have the Bishop of the North Georgia Conference preach an inspiring sermon. Then afterwards, we all shared lunch

I sing in the choir (you can't see me in the photos, I'm in the very back behind someone), and I fell in love with a piece we sang to open the service. We began the song along with instrumentalists and the organ. I was smiling and had chill bumps all up and down my arms. But then I was so moved that I couldn't even sing for a moment! I had to mouth the words and try to get hold of myself. In my head, I was telling myself calm down and get a grip! :)

I thought I'd share a bit of that song with you. It's titled Let the Singers Assemble, by Martin and Angerman. Here's the Scripture it's based on:

2 Chronicles 5:13-14

New International Version (NIV)
13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang:
   “He is good;
   his love endures forever.”
   Then the temple of the LORD was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.

I can tell you in that moment at the beginning of the song, I was definitely overcome by the glory of the LORD.

You can listen to a sample of the song by clicking here. Just ignore the voice (a sales tool at the site). I also found a video on You Tube of a reading of the song (where choir directors get together to learn about new music), led by the composer himself. You can watch it by clicking here. I wish I could have found an actual performance to share. Wish you could experience what I did on Sunday!

Pssst...if you look closely in this photo of my husband as he watches the children's sermon, you can see a little bit of me on the back row. :)

So please share. Have you ever been so overcome by music you couldn't speak or sing?


  1. Oh, Missy, way too often. I love what spirit=filled and spirit-led music brings to a service.

    And I'm a sap like you (I just PRETEND TO BE A MEANY-PANTS) (kind of) so when the words or notes grab me, I cry.

    Or if I LOOK at someone who's moved to tears, I cry.

    Ridiculous, really. ;)

  2. LOL. I'm glad I'm not alone. The choir director at our previous church was a voice major. And she'd trained herself to keep singing even with tears streaming down her face. All I can do is sob and wail with my throat closing up. :)

    Thanks for stopping by, Ruthy!

  3. Missy, I've been overcome by music many times but I've never been in the choir and had to fake it. :-) Loved the song, Missy. Just beautiful.

    Congratulations to your church for 175 years serving God.

  4. Oh yes, I have, Missy....although I don't sing well enough for the choir. As a pew sitter though, it has happened to me. Glad you had a good Sunday.

  5. Jackie, you're a pew SINGER, not sitter. :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. 175 Years! Congratulations to you for getting to celebrate that history!

    I never fail to get a little choked up at Easter and Christmas :)

  7. Oh, I do that, too, Eva Maria! I've also sung my heart out so in the early service that I had hardly any voice left for the late service. :)