I love hymns – those staples of church life that have stood the test of time. Like music of every genre, many of them were inspired by experiences of pain, suffering, joy, and hope. They speak of being lost, then found; being empty, then full; being alone but also being part of a vast huge world.
My mother was a hummer. When I was a child, I would hear her almost every day humming softly or singing just beneath her breath hymns like: What A Friend We Have in Jesus, Amazing Grace, Precious Lord, and the list seemed endless.
I didn’t think much of it at the time, but have come to realize that these were actually prayers that reflected the many moods of her life and anchored her soul. They were prayers of praise and affirmation, prayers for courage and strength, prayers invoking holy presence and intimacy. My mother was a happy person sustained by her faith, regardless of circumstance.
Don’t get me wrong—I enjoy new and contemporary music, but almost every Sunday I find myself falling in love all over again with those old, transcendent hymns written hundreds of years ago.
This Sunday during the 11 o’clock service, our choir will be singing some of the great hymns of the Christian faith, and we’ll provide a historical background on several of them. In addition, we will be baptizing Aquinnah Tucker Gray and Skylar Briana Locke and welcoming new members. I can’t think of a better way to offer praise to the glory of our God and risen Savior Jesus Christ. I can hardly wait and hope you will join us if you can!
Grace and peace,