FPC Canon: An Invitation to Worship

Did you know that we have a list of songs that are especially significant in the worship of FPC? It’s called the FPC Canon. In recent weeks, some of the songs in this collection we’ve sung include “Amazing Grace,” “Days of Elijah,” “O Come to the Altar,” and “Untitled Hymn.” We encourage you to get to know all the songs in the FPC Canon and use them in your own private times of worship and reflection. You can listen to all the songs in the FPC Canon by using the YouTube playlist below. Enjoy!

FPC Canon: Crown Him with Many Crowns

This Sunday at FPC we will be singing “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. This hymn draws from Revelation 19:12, and its verses were written by two different individuals, one Catholic and the other Protestant. We only sing some of the verses, but you can read all of the verses here. “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a wonderful song to sing when you are feeling down because of the brokenness and evil in our world. It points us to the truth that Christ is ultimately Savior and King. Enjoy some of the many performances of this inspiring hymn in the playlist below.

FPC Canon: Amazing Grace

Last Sunday, we celebrated the sacrament of Holy Communion, and at the end of the service we sang “Amazing Grace,” holding hands.  This has become a tradition at FPC. “Amazing Grace” is one of the songs in the FPC Canon, hymns and praise songs that form a special part of our worship as a  community. Find out more about the amazing history of “Amazing Grace,” and watch the playlist below of some of the many ways this song has been performed by a variety of musicians. The playlist includes performances by flash mobs, by a capella groups, by choir and orchestra, and an incredible performance that switches between a concert hall and outdoors in Washington, DC.

Reformation Sunday 2018: A Mighty Fortress

On Reformation Sunday (Oct. 28), FPC’s Lindsey Bells (under the direction of Daniel Heath) presented Joel Raney’s  magnificent arrangement of Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. The Lindsey Bells were joined by brass, piano, pipe organ, and FPC’s Chancel Choir (under the direction of Minister of Worship Dr. Daniel Perrin). If you missed this past Sunday (or if you want to experience the song again!), you can now watch the presentation on YouTube thanks to FPC member Chip Van Gilder.

FPC Canon: The Days of Elijah

Last Sunday during worship we sang “The Days of Elijah.” This song is on the list of the FPC Canon. It has a special meaning for FPC Tacoma, because it became a theme song for our “Year of Jubilee” a few years ago when our congregation was seeking God’s grace to heal from some hard things that had taken place in our midst. If you want to dig deeper, you can read the thoughts of the composer who wrote the song or you can explore the Biblical characters described in the song. And if you want to experience the song in a new way, watch the embedded playlist below to see it being joyfully sung by U.S. Marines, youth from Uganda, and liturgical dancers on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.

Introducing the FPC Canon

Earlier this year, Pastor Eric asked our Worship Committee to come up with an “FPC Canon”—a select list of  hymns and praise songs that are especially meaningful to the FPC community. After receiving more than 100 nominations from the congregation earlier this year, FPC’s Worship Committee came up with a list of 26 hymns and praise songs. Now you can explore the complete list on the new FPC Canon web page  We also encourage you to listen to these songs during the week and use them in your own worship. Then they will have an even deeper meaning when you sing them in worship at FPC. These aren’t the only songs we will be singing during worship, but they are songs that for various reasons have meaning for our particular community. You can also start exploring the songs by using the YouTube playlist below. And stay tuned for future blog posts about specific songs on the list.