Celebrating good things in life, especially significant events or milestones in our life or the life of an organization, is tremendously important. The occasion of celebration allows us to collectively capture some of the thoughts, feelings, values and commitments of a particular time in life. This Sunday is one of those occasions in the life of Southside Baptist Church. An organ concert is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on February 17, 2019 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Southside Pipe Organ, given by the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Samford in 1968 as a part of the remodeled and refurbished sanctuary.
This excerpt comes from the 1968 Service of Dedication program:
We, the congregation, express appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Samford for the most recent evidence of their generosity. The Samford Organ for years to come will call us to the worship of our Savior, and its music, sometimes thrilling, sometimes majestic, sometimes meditative will assist us in singing with the hymn writer, ‘O praise Him! O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
The Southside Organ has been used in more than 4,000 worship services, not including the many special services of revivals, funerals and weddings during which hundreds of thousands of individuals have lifted voices to worship God with heart and voice. I hope you will be present for this significant event and celebration, and that we too can be reminded of the great and wonderful things that God has done, is doing now, and will do in the future.
Praise be to God! Alleluia!