TRIP:I’ll Sing On–In England.


Dear Lovers of Great Hymns,

Dr. Parker in Wesley Chapel Pulpit

There have been many hymns written by believers to the glory to the Lord, but only a few hymns have stood the test of a century or more for their exquisite quality and their abiding ability to touch the hearts and souls of worshippers.

On the north coast of England, silhouetted against the gray sky and the dark sea, stand the ruins of Whitby Abbey. There, in the sixth century, a common sheepherder named Caedmon wrote the earliest surviving hymn in English. In the centuries following, men and women devoted to Christ have composed the lyrics of glorious  English hymns that for centuries and even today are sung across the globe. Generation after generation these hymns have inspired, uplifted,  and carried us through the tragedies and triumphs of our lives.  Abide with Me—A Photographic Journey through Great British Hymns (2009). That title was chosen for the special hymn written at Torbay on the southern coast of England during the afternoon  just after Henry Francis Lyte finished preaching his last sermon. He knew that he would soon leave this  life, and in this hymn he prayed that his Saviour would abide with him at eventide and beyond.

A group of alumni and friends of Lipscomb University took  a trip to visit the hymn sites June 14-25 under the direction of Dr. John Parker and Ms. Amy Hamar. See pictures below.

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London’s famous double decker buses.
Group at Buckingham Palace Gates
Group at LaGard Smith’s Cottage in Buckland, Cotswolds
Spann family at Rock of Ages in Cheddar Gorge
In Memory of Marvin Spann, died 18 Aug, 2010
Sir Percy-Heber at Hodnet with John Parker
Group at John Newmans grave in Olney, Amazing Grace

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