In Touch March 7, 2014
Posted on March 7, 2014 by under Music Ministry,

Re: Singing in the Wilderness

I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (Exodus 15:1-2)

I looked up during the last hymn of the Foundations service on Sunday. I was amazed how many people do not sing; I mean the hymnbook is not open, no moving of the lips, just checked out of that part of the service.  I talked about it to one of the non-singers on Sunday and he said: “You don’t want me singing.  I can’t do it.”

The people of God have been singing for a long time.  Miriam’s song from Exodus 15 is one of the most ancient songs ever recorded.  As the people of God came through the baptismal waters of the Red Sea, they were delivered from slavery and they sang.  It is a natural expression of faith and joy.  I am sure many did not sing by the Red Sea, but from Miriam to last Sunday, music has always been a part of worship.

We will be walking through the wilderness with Moses as we head to the glorious day of Easter. The Hallelujah Chorus will break forth in beauty in our sanctuary. Easter is the most important day to sing for Christians; I want to make sure we do it well.  I encourage us to sing.  I especially encourage you to sing in the choir.  Our choir numbers have dropped and I am sure many are saying: “You don’t want me singing.  I can’t do it.” But I hope those who do-will, especially if you attend Foundations.  Our choir practices at 9 AM on Sunday morning.  You are invited to join with them in the music room upstairs. There will be additional practice times before Easter, but I encourage you to start this first Sunday of Lent by coming at 9 AM.

We are sorting through the future of our traditional music program and we are taking a look at staffing for the 2014-2015 year.  I believe that things are changing in music and it is tougher as fewer sing to live into an excellent traditional music program.  This coming Wednesday night I have asked people from the choir and those interested in music to join in the music room at 8 PM (after the Lenten service) to have a discussion about music and worship.  I invite all who are interested to join me.

Let’s do well what we have been doing since Miriam’s time: singing glory and praise to the Lord who is our strength and might.  Join Miriam this Sunday, open up the book, or look up on the screen and give it a try.

Yours in the song that never ends,