“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching, and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing, psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God the father through Him.” (Col. 3:16)
On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Cairn University held its first annual Hymn Sing. Over 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members arrived on campus to celebrate and worship together by singing the great hymns of the Christian church.
The Hymn Sing was an opportunity for the University community to gather together, be encouraged, and strengthen its faith through singing songs of praise and worship. President Dr. Williams states, “Singing and music are enlightening and inspirational. They are for our edification as well as our worship to God. Good hymnody, good music, and good teaching are always both instructive and worshipful, as evident in the psalms of Moses, David, and Job. They testify that the better we know God, the better we worship Him.”
Individuals from the community were able to gather and lift their voices as one body. A variety of hymns were sung, praising God as our Creator, Redeemer, Savior, Father, and Lord. Attendees were also edified by a word from the President and a performance of two songs by the Cairn Chorale. The event closed with a singing of the University hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
Dr. Benjamin Harding, professor and dean of the School of Music recaps the event: “We are a singing University. We love to sing rich, deep, and true theology to one another as a reminder of who God is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. This was an event that was a simple expression of who we are as a community. It was a joy to be a part of this first hymn sing of many to come.”