Well, the title says it all. The Hymn Remix Project will be embarking on its first road trip to St. Thomas, Ontario, for a concert of hymns on Saturday July 13th at 6:30pm, and also Sunday morning service at 10:30am at the Salvation Army St. Thomas Citadel (see “events” link for details).
So many contemporary praise songs today are centered around the self: lyrics often contain “me,” “my,” and “I” — “I need you,” “I want to hear you,” “I’m falling on my knees” to name a few. It’s not necessarily a bad thing: after all, we ought to surrender ourselves and seek the Lord with open hearts. However, too many “me”, “my” and “I” songs make for an incomplete worship experience: ultimately, coming to the Lord in worship should be about Him. And that’s the great thing about hymns: they are centered on Him and the timeless theological truths found in Scripture. Both the Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship event will be filled with praises through the hymns: my prayer is that all who come might leave filled and refreshed in Him.
How many St. Thomas folks would give up their precious Saturday evening in July to hear a virtually no-name band at a free concert? Perhaps not many, if there are even any at all. How many St. Thomas folk would give up their precious Saturday evening in July to gather and sing praises and hymns to the Lord? In faith, I hope there are some, if not many… and I pray they all can come!
The honest truth is that, a mere six days before our road trip, I have no clue how this will all turn out and that makes me feel nervous, anxious and wary. And yet, in my quiet time, when I truly reflect on His grace and goodness, I find peace and joy knowing His name will be praised and lifted high. I draw strength and hope from the chorus of “May the Mind,” which is paraphrased from Scripture (Colossians 3:15-17):
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, and His Word richly dwell in You
Let us sing songs, hymns of praise,
in the name of Christ, in the name of Christ, Lord Jesus
Please join us this weekend for a fun, passion-filled Saturday evening and Sunday morning service at the Salvation Army St. Thomas Citadel, as we sing and praise Him — Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour — through the hymns!