On November 24, 2013, at the Neffsville Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pa., Harmonies presented a hymn concert featuring Isaac Watts.
This was the third in a series marked by vibrant congregational singing, acappella and assisted on some pieces by, a select vocal ensemble, organ, and the Bravura Brass Quintet. Glenn Lehman was the director and organist and Pat Martin was performance manager and pianist. Two psalm-based hymns by GIA-published Adam Tice were premiered. Over 225 persons attended.
No one tops Isaac Watts (1674-1748) as the world’s most successful hymn writer. In 1719 he wrote “Joy to the world.” He’s known universally, too, for such classics as “When I survey the wondrous cross,” and “Alas and did my Savior bleed.”