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The Gambrill Chimes

 

 

 

The Gambrill Chimes, consisting of fourteen cast bronze bells, were presented to the church and dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1920 by Mr. and Mrs. Melville Gambrill “to the greater glory of God.”  Two additional bells were added in 1922.  The set of bells are in the key of D-flat.  Each bell has a name and an inscription:

 

Bell Diameter Weight Name Inscription
D-flat 60” 4,000 lbs. Faith “O come let us worship”
E-flat 52” 2,800 lbs. Peace “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, good will toward men.”
F 46" 2,000 lbs. Truth “Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
G-flat 44” 1,700 lbs. Hope “Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.”
G 42” 1,500 lbs. Love “I hang in a lofty place and I call you to love and praise.” 
A-flat 40” 1,300 lbs. Charity “Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand.”
B-flat 34” 800 lbs. Prophecy “Ring out happy bells across the snow, The old year is dying, let it go.” 
B 33” 700 lbs. Liberty “Let music swell the breeze And ring from all the trees, Sweet freedom’s song.”
C 31" 600 lbs. Destiny “I to church the living call And to the grave do summon all.”
D-flat 30” 550 lbs. Service “Over the city’s way of sing Ring out sweet bells!  Gather them in!”
D 28” 450 lbs. Home “Those evening bells!  Those evening bells! How many a tale their music tells! Of youth and home and that sweet time When last I heard their soothing chime.”
E-flat 26” 350 lbs. Knowledge “The bells themselves are the best of preachers, Their brazen lips are learned teachers.”
F 24"  300 lbs.  Joy  “Bell, thou soundest merrily When the bridal partyTo the church doth hie.”
 G-flat  23”  250 lbs.  Memory  “Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,Lest we forget, lest we forget.”
 A-flat  20"  200 lbs.  Thanks  “It is a good thing to give thanks to The Lord upon a loud instrument And upon a harp.”

 

 
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