April 25, 2009
The BBC recently reported that in Scotland, a number of people are bucking a longtime trend and playing traditional hymns at funerals instead of pop songs, while in England and Wales, pop still rules the day. Among the favorite hymns at funerals are ?The Lord is My Shepherd,? ?How Great Thou Art? and ?Amazing Grace,? while the BBC listed Frank Sinatra?s ?My Way,? Celine Dion?s ?My Heart Will Go On? and Nat King Cole?s ?Unforgettable? among the most popular secular tunes.
October 20, 2001
Ryan Carter NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- Parishioners call him the "Master of the Keyboard." But Dick Smith says he's just got the knack for the ivories, whether it's playing gospel hymns on a 50-year-old church organ or toe-tapping tunes on a piano. Smith, 70, has been the organist at Victory Celebration Center, a local Burbank Christian church, for 16 years, but he's now bidding farewell to the congregation to lead the music of a senior citizen's Sunday ministry at a church in Northridge.
November 4, 2006
Singers in a local church choir have shared their uplifting music with audiences ranging from Cardinal Roger Mahony to inmates at juvenile detention centers, and while doing it, they say have grown closer than family. Members of Cornerstone, the contemporary choir at St. Francis Xavier Church, have been together for about 30 years, said Barbara Cimini, one of the two sopranos. "It got its name about 15 years ago, but the same basic four or five people have been together singing at the contemporary Mass at the church for 30 years," she said.
July 6, 2002
Ryan Carter From blankets on the lawn of the Starlight Bowl to folding chairs perched at strategic locales, Burbank was treated to the sounds of big-band and patriotic music, as well as the crackle of a fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July. About 5,000 people enjoyed the sounds of The Tonight Show All-Star Band and guest vocalist Gloria Loring at the "Proud to be an American" show. Then the audience and eager residents outside the bowl looked to the sky above the hillside to find a spectacular array of fireworks accompanied by patriotic hymns such as "Stars and Stripes Forever."
December 24, 2003
Gary Moskowitz Lilith Garibyan loves getting presents at Christmas- time, but she also looks forward to hearing the religious story behind the holiday every year. Lilith, a fourth-grader at Emerson Elementary School in Burbank, was one of about 45 children from Burbank and Glendale who performed Saturday during a Christmas celebration at the Armenian Church Western Diocese in Burbank. More than 800 people, including Armenian American children from public and private schools in Burbank and Glendale and their families, attended the event.
November 6, 2002
Ryan Carter Those close to Jewish activist Irv Rubin in his legal battles with the city of Burbank were praying for him Tuesday. With Rosemead resident Roberto Gandara, Rubin brought a lawsuit against Burbank that led to the prohibition of the name "Jesus Christ" and other references to religious deities in legislative chambers across the state. He was reportedly on life support Tuesday at County-USC Medical Center after an apparent suicide attempt early Monday.
January 19, 2005
Robert Chacon For many, the passage of time has not eroded the message of racial harmony and nonviolence preached by Martin Luther King Jr. "Everyone should stand for what he stood for," Julie Ravin, 52, of Burbank said while attending a ceremony Sunday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills that honored the civil rights leader. "I still believe in what he was fighting for." More than 300 people from many walks of life filled Liberty Hall atop Forest Lawn Memorial Park to commemorate the national holiday marking what would have been King's 76th birthday.
February 9, 2002
Midge Boardman, People BURBANK -- Addressed as "Reverend," Ross Purdy might look over his shoulder for his father, a retired minister. The new pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Burbank prefers "Pastor" or even "Ross." This informal, energeticyoung man (37 in May) is brimming with ideas to attract folks to come and explore the meaning of faith and break down misconceptions, he said. Purdy, who arrived here in March from Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian Church, said God was telling him, "It's time to move on."
June 3, 2000
Mary Burkin, Weekend Do you want to be deeply touched by a beautiful story, or do you go the theater just to see those spectacular set designs? If you want a little substance instead of a lot of sequins, call The Third Stage now for your reservations. "Additional Particulars" brings to mind William Saroyan's "The Human Comedy" or Mary Chase's "Harvey." It can easily join the ranks of those classic, timeless hymns to quiet humor and the human experience.
April 28, 2007
Most of us have had occasions where we cried out to God, "Why?" It may be an illness, the suffering or loss of a loved one, financial problems or another issue that is difficult to endure. Perhaps in the midst of times such as this, some do not find it helpful to have someone else tell them that they understand or empathize. But many times, it is indeed comforting to have another come alongside you and share that they also have walked through hard periods and have come through the other side.