If you live within walking distance of our church, you can hear our carillon chime on the hour and half-hour between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays. It also occasionally plays hymn tunes.
Our carillon has a threefold purpose.
- It makes a daily statement to our community that the Church is alive and well, and sometimes shares community news. (For instance, the pealing after a wedding lets people know that a couple has gotten married, and the tolling after a funeral lets people know that a member of the community has passed away.)
- It encourages those who do not associate with our church to think about religion and the afterlife, to seek out eternal truth, and to consider becoming connected with our church. Countless Christian believers all around the world set aside time for public worship at least once a week and set aside time for Scripture reflection and prayer every day. Teaching that has had that kind of an impact for centuries deserves serious reflection and a second look.
- It is meant to aid believers in their devotional life.
Regarding #3, historically, the tolling of church bells on the hour has reminded Christians to pray. Today our carillon reminds us to pray by playing familiar hymn tunes at certain times:
- 8:01 a.m.: “I Sing as I Arise Today”
- 9:01 p.m.: “O Word of God Incarnate”
- 8:01 a.m.: “O God, My Faithful God”
- 9:01 p.m.: “Christ Be My Leader”
- 8:01 a.m.: “When Morning Gilds the Skies”
- 9:01 p.m.: Same
- 8:01 a.m.: “Now That the Daylight Fills the Sky”
- 3:01 p.m.: “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (Jesus gave up his life for the sake of the whole world on a Friday around 3 p.m.)
- 9:01 p.m.: “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”
- 8:01 a.m.: “Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun”
- 9:01 p.m.: “Abide with Me”
On Sundays at 8:00 a.m. our carillon plays a hymn tune corresponding to the theme of our service that morning. On some minor festival days at 12:01 p.m., it plays a hymn tune corresponding to the day.