"Singing takes Sunday's truths into Monday" (p.38)
A few weeks ago Kyla, Pastor Caleb and I attended the Best Practices Ministry Conference in Phoenix. One of the workshops I attended was led by Jim Marriott, who is the Director of Musical Arts at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He had a lot of things to say in his presentation, but one of the questions he asked us to think about when it came to our worship services is "what about Sunday is going to help your congregation with Monday?" In other words, what we do on Sunday is great and important, but unless we are able to connect those truths with what we are going on Monday and throughout the week, it loses some of its meaning. This idea has really resonated with me since that workshop and in-particular, over the last couple of weeks as we have navigated COVID-19 and what that means for our lives. I have been amazed (although I shouldn't be) at how God has worked through the plans we had as a worship team at Trinity and used both the "Songs of the Messiah" and "Cries for Deliverance" series to help remind people of the hope they have in Christ, given many of us peace, and to teach us how to lament, cry out in frustration, and how to seek God even in those times when we might be angry at Him.
This chapter is Sing! is another great reminder of how music can help "take Sunday's truths into Monday", or maybe better said "take Sunday's truths into quarantine." When times are tough, what songs give you peace and comfort? When you feel like giving up, what hymns reassure you that God will carry you through? I put links to a couple of songs and hymns that I've been listening to a lot lately that have given me peace as we navigate this current reality...what have you been listening too?
I miss making music with you all. You are constantly in my prayers, be well.
Questions to ponder: 1.What modern song/hymn (new to you in the past few years) has connected with you in such a way that you believe it may become a 'milestone' hymn for you in the future? 2.How much do we lean on hymns we sing in church throughout the week (in the morning, in the car, at work)?