Fourth Symphony of Hymns a success for MC B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.—Although it began only three years ago, the Symphony of Hymns is already a fall tradition to which many in Mennonite Church British Columbia look forward eagerly. In 2016, the MC B.C. Finance Committee was seeking a fundraising event that would engage congregational interest. Music is a Mennonite tradition, and the committee thought a musical event would provide a natural opportunity for people to praise God as they express their love for music and remember traditions of the past. Symphony of Hymns 4, held at Peace Mennonite Church in Richmond on Nov. 9 and Level Ground Mennonite Church in Abbotsford on Nov. 10, continued the tradition this year, raising $8,478 for Canadian and world ministries. Local violinist and conductor Calvin Dyck has been a part of all four events, along with a group of instrumentalists and vocalists. This year’s program featured singer Crystal Hicks and pianist/singer Gail Suderman interspersed with performances by the musicians onstage and congregational singing. Gerry Grunau, chair of the finance committee, says, “Each year the Symphony of Hymns has been a communal worshipful experience with many expressions of support and encouragement. Our intention is to continue with future Hymn Sing events.”

Story by Amy Rinner Waddell

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Calvin Dyck leads the audience in singing ‘I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace’ at the fourth annual Symphony of Hymns, which raised $8,478 for MC B.C. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

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