All are invited to Westminster’s Festival of Hymns on Sunday, January 27 at 4 PM in Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Led by guest organist, Dr. Patrick Scott (Atlanta, GA), the service will present great hymns of faith with choirs, brass, percussion, and organ.
One of the major ways Christians have shared their faith throughout history has been through the singing of hymns. The choirs of Westminster and the Buffalo Brass will lead the congregation through favorite hymns of the liturgical year, beginning with Advent, and ending with Christ the King. Time honored hymns to be feature in this service include Holy, Holy, Holy; All Creatures of Our God and King; Hail Thee, Festival Day; and Abide with Me, amongst many others.
“Hymns are a unique art form designed to be sung as a community,” says Garrett Martin, Choirmaster and Organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church. “Hymnody is an important part of the life and work of the Church: when we sing hymns, we sing our faith. We are literally putting words in people’s mouths, so the words must be beautiful, good, and true. At this great Festival of Hymns, we will sing many important hymns of our faith over the last centuries.”
Guest organist, Dr. Patrick Scott, will lead the service alongside Westminster’s Organist and Director of Music, Garrett Martin. Scott serves as Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, GA, and has been on staff at the Cathedral since September 2014. Dr. Scott was recognized as one of the top 20 leaders and organists under the age of 30 by The Diapason magazine. He won both first prize and audience prize in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation, Boston, 2014. An active recitalist and accompanist, Dr. Scott has appeared in concert and with choirs throughout the United States, as well as in France, Scotland, England, and Ireland.