|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on May 26, 2021 at 9:55 AM|
Let there be singing! Hallelujah!, said the music director. What a joy it is that we can now enjoy some congregational singing again in the service. In our staff meeting on May 12th Mother Carmen announced that beginning on Pentecost Sunday the diocese will permit congregational singing with masks on and with people socially distanced. Although I am out of town and missed hearing our first congregational singing in over a year, my heart feels such joy that we can once again include this most wonderful part of our worship together. We will keep things fairly simple for now and gradually add back in some of the traditional elements of the service music that we are accustomed to singing. As we all get ourselves accustomed to worshipping together again, we look forward to sharing in the joy of offering our praises to our God in liturgy and song.
The choir has had two members move away in the last few months and as the fall approaches and we begin a new program year, we are in need of singers, especially sopranos. If you have an interest in singing with us please email me so we can set up a time to talk. Below is the first stanza of a wonderful hymn text that encapsulates what the purpose of music in worship should be. It speaks not only to the musician but to all who worship God. It is hymn 420 in The Hymnal 1982.
When in Our Music God Is Glorified
When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia! Amen.