Sam Lucas Plays Hinners Organ 110 Years After it is installed at Grace United Methodist

Sam Lucas, director of music at Clinton United Methodist Church, with the Hinners Organ he played at Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, Sunday, Dec. 4.

Sam Lucas, director of music at Clinton United Methodist Church, with the Hinners Organ he played at Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, Sunday, Dec. 4. Photo by John Inman.

Sam Lucas, director of music at Clinton United Methodist Church, visited Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, and played during morning worship and a winter program on the Hinners Organ Sunday, Dec. 4.

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Rev. Janet Deneke, pastor at Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, introduces Sam Lucas and welcomes those present to the winter program.

In 1901, John L. Hinners, president of Hinners and Albertsen Organ Company, came and played at Grace United Methodist after installing the organ. Now, 110 years later Lucas came and gave a worthy program including Advent, Christmas and holiday music.

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Members of Grace United Methodist join in with drums during "Little Drummer Boy" and "Pat-a-Pan."

Hymns played by Lucas included "Once in Royal David's City," "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice," "There's a Song in the Air," "Go, Tell it on the Mountain," "O, Come all Ye Faithful," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Little Drummer Boy," "In the Bleak Midwinter," "Silent Night, Holy Night," and "I Love to Tell the Story."

Other musical items played by Lucas included French carol "Pat-a-Pan," a version of "In Dulci Jubilo" (the music behind "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice") arranged by Denis Bédard, and musical numbers from the movie "Home Alone" including "Somewhere in my Memory" and "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas."

For more of this story check out the Dec. 7 issue of the California Democrat.

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