FUMC hosts hymn festival and Wesley scholar

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Stanback Department of Sacred Music and FirstARTS series of First United Methodist Church will host Dr. Randy Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School for Sunday morning services and a hymn festival Sunday afternoon. Dr. Maddox is an internationally renowned authority on the lives of Charles and John Wesley. Dr. Maddox’s  presence in Salisbury will culminate with an afternoon hymn festival, beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

The hymn festival “Wonder, Love, and Praise” refers to the final phrase of Charles Wesley’s text, “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” The festival will feature other well-known hymns by Wesley with reflections on each text given by Dr. Maddox. The music will be under the direction of Matthew Michael Brown and accompanied by brass quintet, organ, and timpani. Festive arrangements by Boston-based composer Richard Webster will be featured alongside choral anthems by T. Frederick H. Candlyn, Philip Stopford, and Dwight Gustafson. An offering to support the mission of the Church’s music department will be received.

The church is located at 217 S. Church St. For more information, contact the church office at 704-636-3121.

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