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Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty to perform at Dordt College

January 26, 2012

“In the church, the purpose of singing is to express the community we have as the body of Christ,” said Kristyn Getty. “To try to search for the melodic ideas and song structure that might bring more people in—that’s what we’re trying to investigate.”

She and husband Keith Getty have written such well-known songs as “In Christ Alone,” “The Power of the Cross,” and “There is a Higher Throne,” songs that have succeeded in bridging the gap between traditional, contemporary, and liturgical worship styles.

On Saturday, February 4, Keith and Kristyn Getty will perform these songs and more at Dordt College as part of the 2012 Day of Encouragement. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium. The eighty-plus voices of the Dordt College Chorale will join them in song as well.

“There are two reasons we write modern hymns,” explains Keith. “First, it’s to help teach the faith. What we sing affects how we think, how we feel, and ultimately how we live, so it’s so important that we sing the whole scope of truth the Bible has given us. The second reason is to try to create a more timeless musical style that every generation can sing, a style that relates to the past and the future.”

Keith and Kristyn both are from Northern Ireland and now live in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, they completed their third album, “Joy: An Irish Christmas” (2011). They have published other albums, including “Awaken the Dawn” (2009) and “In Christ Alone” (2006).

The Day of Encouragement is an annual event that is held at Dordt College to inspire, encourage, and equip God’s people for ministry. The event will feature more than 25 speakers, presenters, and panelists who will discuss topics from how to engage youth in the church to caring for your pastor. The concert will conclude the Day of Encouragement.

Tickets to the concert are $10 and may be purchased at the Dordt College advancement office by calling (712) 722-6028.

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