It will be a morning of story and song as First Baptist Church of North Augusta’s choir will present Your Word on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the church.
“We’re going to have one service at 11 a.m., and the full service will be a celebration of this project. We’ll tell the stories behind the songs,” said Jeff Bumgardner, the multiple Dove Award-winning worship pastor who has been waiting to put together a CD like this one for 20 years.
Your Word is based on Psalm 119 and features Scriptures set to music. While the songs are not a direct recounting of people’s life stories, stories from members of his choir inspired many of the pieces in the collection.
They are stories of how the Bible and faith have impacted people and breathed life into some of them.
“One of the songs is Only Faith Can See,” said Bumgardner.
The inspiration for that song came through the story of a single mother raising two adopted children and the challenges she’s faced along the way. It’s all about seeing the issues of life through the eyes of faith.
Bumgardner and his family know what it’s like to walk through life through the eyes of faith. On Oct. 7, 2016, his 10-year-old daughter, Ella, died.
Bumgardner said choir members decided the project should be dedicated to her memory.
Over the past year, music with words of faith have played an added role in Bumgardner’s life.
“Music has become more personal to us as we’re walking through this,” he said. “There’s a part of us that’s the cry of our hearts. We put into words our emotions, and we work through.”
The family works to keep her memory alive. Bumgardner maintains a blog, and he and his wife are traveling to a conference about the importance of organ donation on Oct. 6.
Bumgardner has won several Dove Awards for choral music.
Your Word will be available for choirs through Lifeway Christian Stores. Unlike his Christmas musicals, in which all the songs are designed to be sung at one time, Your Word features pieces that can be sung individually. There’s no overarching story line to tie them all together.
CDs will be available on Oct. 1, and they will be available for digital downloads at a later time.