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Faith In Brooklyn for October 3: Plymouth Church hosts ‘Centered In Song’ festival

October 3, 2018 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mark Miller. Photo courtesy of The Hymn Society
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Plymouth Church invites the neighborhood to become “Centered in Song.”

The full-day program, on Saturday, October 6, is the Center for Congregational Song’s final official launch event in a series of regional launches since the fall of 2017.

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada last year launched the Center for Congregational Song as its new resources and programmatic arm. These events celebrate the importance and power of congregational song.

The Plymouth Worship and Arts Ministry hosts this program which features master song leader Mark Miller, who will lead a presentation on singing justice.

Composer and author Ana Hernandez will lead worship and a session on rote-song singing.  Other presentations will include an introduction to the Center for Congregational Song, led by the center’s founding director Brian Hehn, who will introduce the center and its mission.

Plymouth member Jacque Jones, a recent past president of the Hymn Society, will lead a breakout session on hymn text writing.

The day will conclude with a rousing hymn festival led by Mark Miller and Brian Hehn.

This daylong song festival is expected to be of particular interest to sacred music professionals and those interested in the creation and use of congregational song. Admission is free, but registration is required (  

The hymn festival portion, starting at 5 p.m., open to the public and held in the history-rich Plymouth sanctuary on Orange Street in Brooklyn Heights, will focus on “Singing Justice.”

During the workshop portion of the day, Hehn will introduce the concept of Sing Justice in a presentation titled “Serve and Sing.” Participants will sing great hymns of the faith while writing notes of encouragement to the professionals who assist the victims of abuse and trafficking. Plymouth’s Anti-Trafficking Ministry will then use these notes.

During another presentation in the Plymouth Sanctuary, Miller will explore themes of justice in worship and music.

There will also be some free time for participants to experience guided tours of the church that Plymouth History Ministry members will lead, and for shopping in Plymouth’s Underground Thrift Store, which supports anti-trafficking agencies.

Participants are responsible for their own lunches. Plymouth is a block away from several eateries on Henry St.

More information about the Center for Congregational Song may be found at For information about Plymouth Church, check out

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Glenn Mohr Chorale Presents ‘Deep River: America’s Songs of Faith’

The Glenn Mohr Chorale, in two Brooklyn and one Queens concert, will present “Deep River Celebrates America’s Songs of Faith.”

Through song, drama and storytelling, the Glenn Mohr Chorale celebrates the diverse voices that created some of America’s most enduring and inspirational songs, including “Amazing Grace,” “Simple Gifts,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Blessed Assurance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The chorale will bring “Deep River” to the Knights of Columbus (349 Quentin Rd.) on Sunday, October 7, at 2 p.m.; and to St. Saviour Roman Catholic Church in Park Slope (611 Eighth Ave.) on Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.

The third concert, on Sunday, October 21at 3 p.m. takes place at the United Methodist Church of Floral Park (35 Verbena Ave., Floral Park).

Free will offerings requested.

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Righteous King Hezekiah Is Topic of Lunch & Learn Series

Scripture portrays Hezekiah (c. 715 to 686 BCE) as a righteous and powerful King of Judah who purified and repaired Solomon’s Temple, purged its idols, and reformed the priesthood.

He will be the subject of a new series at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue now through January thanks to Rabbi Serge Lippe’s presentation of “Lunch and Learn: The Reign of Hezekiah: King of Judah.” The text will be Everett Fox’s Translation of the Book of Kings

Those who want to learn about the post-Davidic defeat of the Philistines, the destruction of idolatrous high places and the restoration of Passover as a pilgrimage festival, may register for the course, which convenes on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting October 4.

The series is free for members; $36 for non-members.

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This Week in Faith History:
October 2, 1954

On October 2, 1954, the Brooklyn Eagle reported, “A service in the Mohawk-Oneida dialect, the only regular American Indian language service in the city, will be resumed at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Cuyler Presbyterian Church, 358-360 Pacific St. Rev. David Munroe Cory, Th.D., is the pastor. The service will follow the evening communion and the Iroquois choir will sing.”


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