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Commemorative Messiah Score120 viewsPJ Burkhalter retrieved these framed music sheets from Handel's Messiah, which had been located in the hallway near the choir room at the back of the sanctuary. The framed music sheets were given in memory of Mary Thaleen, our first Minister of Music. The Messiah was her favorite music, and ironically on the evening of December 22, just hours before the church was destroyed by fire, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra performed Handel's Messiah in a sing-along to a packed house at the church, in a benefit concert. It was the last music ever played and sung in our sanctuary, and somehow this framed tribute survived the fire, although it was wet from the water used in fighting the fire. I had the pleasure of being the Bass soloist for this concert and was the last soloist to sing in the Sanctuary as I performed the aria "The Trumpet Shall Sound" in the final moments of the performance.
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Congregation at worship in Family Life Center shortly after Sanctuary burns98 viewsWe awoke to the news of the fire on the television. Many came to church that morning unaware the Sanctuary had burned. The congregation gathered in the Family Life Center for worship that morning and were blessed by lunch served by All Saints Episcopal Church in the parking lot at the conclusion of the service. The two congregations have joined with joint services for years and have a wonderful relationship.
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Moller Console113 viewsThis is the console of the organ built by M.P. Moller, Inc. and was dedicated in 1989. The organ and the entire Sanctuary of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL was destroyed by fire on December 23, 2007.
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More Pipes116 views
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Pipes of the Upper Chamber111 views
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Sanctuary Exterior after the fire116 views
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Sanctuary Exterior before the fire111 views
   
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