by Jessica Allen, Director of Music
The excitement is palpable as we are now into the fullness of our fall music programs. Children with bright eyes, willing hearts, and new voices sing hymns of our faith that connect with the theme of our church school year. Adults with heart and passion for their involvement in ringing, singing, and playing are giving of their time, skills, and energy for our services. We now have more diverse offerings of music within our church than ever before.
As we embrace diversity this month—and every month—what does “Be the Church” mean through the expression of music?
While the seasons change and we feel the refreshing crispness of nature, I invite you to also notice anew the impact of artistic expression and the ways that our differences can be reflected in that. Maybe what art reveals at its heart is the beauty of our commonality. Maybe it shakes us to our core, and we gain a new perspective. Or maybe we are moved to experience a deeper moment of humanity in our emotions, our thoughts, our actions.
It is my prayer that we can be open to the ways that music can move us, inside and out, as we strive for a closer connection with God and one another.