Dordt College News

Sunday afternoon hymn singing

March 14, 2014

Every Sunday afternoon, about a dozen Dordt students gather at the clock tower and go to Royale Meadows Care Center in Sioux Center. The students join two dining rooms full of nursing home residents, just before their Sunday supper, to sing from the blue Psalter Hymnal. After opening with prayer, residents call out numbers for their favorite hymns.

Senior Electrical Engineering Major John Stam organizes the hymn singing. During his first two years at Dordt, he joined the group occasionally, but for the last two years he’s there regularly. Stam sees how much the residents love the hymn sing, and he appreciates the opportunity to be a blessing to them.

Lauren Opp, a junior exercise science major, loves to see so many of the residents singing hymns from memory. She hopes that the time she spends with them brings joy to their lives. For her, Sunday afternoon hymn singing is “a beautiful way to worship God; it is a great fellowship with other Christians, and it provides opportunities to touch people’s lives.”

The afternoon hymn sing closes with a doxology every week, after which students take time to visit with the residents. And every week, they’re warmly thanked for visiting and singing.


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