There is nothing more powerful than music to draw us into the wonder, the mystery, and the joy of faith. The people of Israel got it: look no further than the 150 songs called Psalms that lie at the heart of the Hebrew Bible. They knew that when we sing of what we believe, lament, and hope for we are, in our hearts and spirits, delivered to the times and places we long for.
As soon as we sing O come all ye faithful we stand in solidarity with shepherds who tracked the angels’ call to a manger. One refrain of Jesus Christ is risen today transports us to the mouth of an empty tomb and the promised resurrection. A single verse of the church’s one foundationresurrects hope in the power of God’s people to change the world through the gift of the church. And no sooner do we offer let us break bread together than we are delivered to an upper room to share a sacred meal with the first disciples and our Savior.
As we prepare for our stop at Joy Station this Sunday I offer joyful praise for the rich legacy of music that we share at Hanover. In particular I blast the train’s whistle in deep and ongoing gratitude for our choir and its leader. For their deep and ongoing commitment to produce inspired melodies and harmonies that connect us with God; for their impeccable preparation – and all the hours it takes; and for the spirit with which their gifts are offered each week. Praise God for the Saints in our midst whose singing brings joy to the world!
In the spirit of our Advent theme: may the songs we sing serve no less than the star we follow to lead us to our Christ; and may our singing fill our hearts with…