Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blogging toward Sunday

Bowed and plucked lutes from the Cantigas de Santa Maria manuscript

This Sunday, April 13, 2014, the CHPC Choir will present our annual Easter Cantata. In preparation, reflect on the importance of music to your own life and faith. Consider the words of the psalmist found in Psalm 98.  

River Image via Creative Commons

Sing to the Lord a new song,
                for he has done marvelous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm
                has he won for himself the victory.

The LORD has made known his victory;
                his righteousness has he openly shown in
                                                the sight of the nations.

He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to
                                                the house of Israel,
                and all the ends of the earth have seen the
                                                victory of our God.

Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands;
                lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.

Sing to the LORD with the harp,
                with the harp and the voice of song.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn
                shout with joy before the King, the LORD.

Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,
                the lands and those who dwell therein.

Let the rivers clap their hands,
                and let the hills ring out with joy before the LORD,
                when he comes to judge the earth.

In righteousness shall he judge the world
                and the peoples with equity.

How do these words speak to you about the intertwining of worship and music? Might the following prayer written by Walter C. Sutton be your prayer for today?

Today, I delight in your works, great Maker of Music. Music is one of your greatest gifts. Thank you, God, for melody, harmony, conterpoint, and syncopation. Music makes me laugh, or cry. It gets me up to dance, or compels me to sit quietly before its majestic passage. Music touches me in ways that words cannot. Thank you, God, for music. Amen.
Blessings on your week. As always, I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday.


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