|Chancel Choir retreat|
So why am I yammering on and on about all that? I haven't been blogging a lot lately, been tied up with stuff that ought not keep me from debriefing myself for the week. Thanks for reading, but I will want to, since it is Sunday, share my thoughts about worship today and what it meant to me. As always, music is what brings me to the state of worship, and we start with a hymn of praise, today's was When Morning Gilds the Skies, and our Minister of Discipleship, Stephanie McCormick's sermon was Echoes of Hope. Chancel choir sang a hopeful Allen Pote piece, during the offertory, but the song that stays in my mind is the song played on the organ during the Lord's Supper, and it was Day by Day, from Godspell -- a very sweet and reflective song for our communion meditation. Then the choir sang this song:
Break Forth into Song (Allen Pote)
Psalm 98: "Make a joyful noise all the earth. Break into song, break into joyous singing and praise. Sing praise unto God with sound of melody. with trumpet and horn make a joyful noise. Let the sea roar and all that fills it. Let the world rejoice, and all that is therein. Let the floods lift up, their voice and clap their hands. Let the hills together sing for joy. For God will come to judge the world, judging with righteousness, judging the people with equity."
Sometimes, there's nothing better than a song to sing, ya know?
Here is the prayer we shared, too.
Jesus, Son of God,
let your love shine through our eyes,
your Spirit inspire our words,
your wisdom fill our minds,
your mercy control our hands,
your will capture our hearts,
your joy pervade our being;
until we are changed into your likeness
from glory to glory.
I'm having a good Sunday, and I hope your Sunday is meaningful, too. Get out and jump into a pile of leaves or something, willya? I'm heading to Cheapside for coffee and brunch like stuff.