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    Hallelujah Chorus

    Hi Alan. youtube is at http://www.youtube.com, and you can find many, many versions of the Hallelujah Chorus posted, from "flash mob" choirs in malls to professional choirs with full orchestra. I have played the trumpet part so many times I cannot count, and have had the pleasure of mentoring many high-school musicians over the years as they tried their first performance on second part, moving up to share the first part, and finally taking the reins themselves. One was eventually a lead soloist in a major college. He played it well! When I was young, my band director had a poster on the wall which said, "The end of the world has been postponed due to lack of qualified trumpeters." That theological message is all wrong, but some of these kids were doing their part to close the gap! Happy Easter (I just couldn't wait to say it!) Chris R.
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    Hallelujah Chorus

    I posted a new Hymn Video at YouTube of the Hallelujah Chorus. Any theological qualms? Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. And He shall reign forever and ever. The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our God, and of His Christ. King of kings and Lord of lords. Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!!! God bless all, and a happy Easter always to Easter people-- Chris R.
  3. Sing the hymn boldly and joyfully. "When he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Watch those clouds! Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
  4. Yes, I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day. Amen.
  5. Greetings! (I love that word. You can't say it without smiling.) I am Chris. I am something old (at least in internet years--I have been online longer than Google), but this forum is something new for me. Born in North Carolina and moved 10 times by the time I turned 10, living in New Jersey, Oregon, California, and Antigua, I finally stopped half way across the country and grew up in Oklahoma. Now I live half of the time in Texas and my "pesky day job" keeps me in Africa for the other half (like right now). I attended church all of my life in a variety of Christian traditions. My wife and I raised our family in the United Methodist church. As our children take our grandchildren to church, it is wonderful to see another generation learning the joys of Sunday School and Christian fellowship at an early age. My experience online began when a colleague created a web page for his dog. I didn't want to be outdone, but I didn't have a family pet at the time. The solution suddenly sprang to mind--I could create a memorial page for my childhood pet, and the Bandit Memorial Home Page came into being. There is just so much that you can do with a page like that, though. The story was told, and there it was. So I added a page. I included links to some midi files that I had prepared for transposing and arranging hymns. That became "Bandit's Methodist Hymns," and it proved to be of greater interest than I expected. The name just didn't sound right, though, so I registered a domain and have enjoyed the experience ever since. A couple of years ago I thought that it had run its course. Midi files are not supported by newer technologies like "smart" phones and tablets, and developing materials in new audio and video formats presented an undertaking bigger than I wanted to handle. I resigned myself to let someone else tackle it. Then my wife and I took an anniversary cruise. Can you say "Carnival Triumph?" We were on a boat adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for the better part of a week. A handful of Christian leaders organized daily gatherings to pray and sing and worship. There was no electricity, so everything was done without synthesizers and amplifiers. Nothing but voices lifted the way the Lord made them. Each service opened with some contemporary songs, and they were good. Then someone in the congregation would ask for an old, traditional hymn, and something special happened. The voices rose and the Spirit moved. It moved the room, and the ship, and my heart. The Lord touched me and said the old hymns are still a blessing. And so began my work to prepare new-fangled traditional hymn videos. I have completed the public domain materials from the United Methodist Hymnal and the Baptist Hymnal. Now I am working on the Presbyterian Hymnal. And it is reaching people. Again. Something old and something new. I am looking forward to this new journey with this community of faith. To share in word, and in Word, and in song. Grace and peace, Chris

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