Brothers and Sisters of Holy Covenant-
This Sunday is one of our most musical of the year, our Hymnsing Sunday. This is the morning where “All Creatures of Our God and Light” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” yes, “Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above” (those 3 would make quite a mashup, wouldn’t they?) . We sing lustily and with a good courage, yet we do not bawl or drawl. Above all, we do what our voices always do here at Holy Covenant; we have an eye to God in every word we sing. And once we get past my John Wesley quotes and paraphrasing, there’s a potluck and pie bonus!
Speaking of quotes, I came across some that I had gathered for a hymnsing several years ago. I thought, in prep for this Sunday, I’d share a couple of those with you here.
There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. –M. Aumonier
Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness. –George Jean Nathan
Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought. — E.Y. Harbug
Without music, life is a journey through a desert
Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. –Yehudi Menuhin
All the sounds of the earth are like music.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite. –Thomas Carlyle
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
We all have something to say about music; how it moves us, how it shapes us, how this most glorious of gifts from our Creator propels us through our lives at such a spiritual level that we often don’t even realize it.
I look forward to singing songs of the soul with you this coming Sunday. And thanks for voting!