2017-10-25 / Community / JT Beacon

Church to present Hymn Sing and Hymn Preludes concert

KENNEBUNKPORT — The First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport, 141 North St., invites the public to attend a Hymn Sing and Hymn Preludes Concert on Sun., Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.

Joyce Painter Rice, Music Director at First Church, will accompany the hymns and play hymn arrangements on the organ and piano.

The Hymn Sing is the first Sunday afternoon music event at the church this fall. It follows a well-attended series of five Monday evening concerts during the summer.

Favorite “old” hymns, ones which many people know by heart, will comprise most of the hymns chosen for the Hymn Sing.

In tribute to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and its leader Martin Luther, a great hymn-writer, three Lutheran hymns will be included. Two “new” hymns by New England poets will illustrate that hymn writing can be an everyday occurrence.

The organ in First Church was built in 1854 by the E. and G. G. Hook company of Boston. The church gratefully has received generous donations from the congregation and community, and the organ will be restored next spring. The church’s piano was built by Steinway in 1905.

In addition to the hymn sings, concerts, suppers and other events hosted by church members, interim minister Rev. Jim Henry and the congregation welcomes you to attend the weekly worship service every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome at First Church.

First Congregational Church is about 1.5 miles south of the Seacoast Trolley Museum where Log Cabin Rd. becomes North Street, next to Arundel Cemetery, and near the Kennebunkport Historical Society. From Kennebunkport’s Dock Square area take Spring Street to a left on Maine Street to North Street and follow North Street to First Congregational Church on the right.

For directions or more information, call the church office on Tuesdays at 967-3897.

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