As we finally settle into the realization that fall is just around the corner, I get a fantastic feeling about what will happen in the upcoming weeks. Our music organizations continue to prepare for many different presentations. Choral Union will present a rendition of “How Firm a Foundation” arranged by Dan Forrest this Labor Day Sunday. This stirring arrangement will certainly allow the listeners an opportunity to feel fantastic! It’s a piece that lifts spirits as well as gives us a feeling of security and belief in the word of God. “Fear not, I am with thee O be not dismayed, for I am Thy God, I will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.” This text boldly asks: What stronger foundation can God give to His children who flee to Him for protection than the precious promises of His Word? Stanza after stanza affirms these promises of protection and comfort.
This hymn was first published in America in the 1830s. It is unknown who the actual composer was; however, it was one of the most commonly sung hymns of the Civil War era. Robert E. Lee actually requested this hymn be sung at his funeral. It was also a favorite of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt. I know it will be a favorite of yours as well when you hear Choral Union perform this Labor Day Sunday.
Also, I wanted to remind our MEN to join us on Wednesday, September 7, at 8:00 pm in the Choir Room as we prepare for a memorable 9/11 service. All men are welcome. We know you will enjoy your time in singing with this great group of men. Hope to see you there next week.