Grace Church Celebrates Paul Olson’s 20 Years’ Service With Party, New Hymn

Paul Richard Olson has completed twenty years’ service as Organist and Choirmaster at Grace Church, as well as Music Specialist at Grace Church School (he is shown in the photo giving an introductory lesson on the church’s Austin Organ). Today, there was a celebratory brunch in the church’s Guild Hall to mark the occasion. As a special honor to Paul, the hymnist Jacque B. Jones, a member of Plymouth Church, wrote the lyrics to a new hymn, “As Starlight Warms to Daybreak,” which she set to a Swedish melody in recognition of Paul’s Scandinavian heritage. There’s a video of the assembled multitude singing the hymn after the jump.

Piano accompaniment was provided by Craig Whitney, retired New York Times editor and Grace Church parishioner, as well as author of All the Stops: the Glorious Pipe Organ and its American Masters, a must read for fans of the King of Instruments.

Photo: Grace Church; video by Martso.

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  • AL

    A wel-deserved tribute. Beautiful hymn, Jacque.

  • lori

    NIce job on the video, Claude.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Lori, I wish I could claim credit. The video is by Martin Friedman. I was behind the bar, pouring mimosas.

  • http://www.thehymnsociety.org Deborah Loftis

    Congratulations to Richard Paul Olson on reaching this milestone of ministry. Blessings for many more fruitful years of service!

    Jacque, we’re grateful for your leadership in The Hymn Society and applaud this latest example of your art.