A reflection on Music and an invitation.
THE DIVINE BLESSING OF MUSIC
“O COME, let us sing unto the LORD.” – Ps. 100
“He who sings prays twice.” – St. Augustine
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
I hope that each of you are well and are remembering that our Lord promises to take care of us and all our needs…if we but trust him alone.
We are taught from childhood to pray for God’s will to be done, “on earth as it is in heaven.” I highly doubt that the praises of the Angels, Archangels, and all the company of heaven have slackened one whit in their ardent praises of the Most High. In fact, it may be reasonably argued that it increases ever more and more. May nothing ever dampen or silence the fervent praises of the Church Militant upon earth, for we are to be the mirror of heaven in this world.
On this note…
Stuart Thompson, a friend of our Choirmaster, made a generous donation to the church of a late 19th century Mason and Hamlin reed organ for use in the chapel. You may know that the small Hammond electric organ that was previously used for chapel services finally played out. The cost for repairs would not have been worth it.
After many months of restoration and repair by Mr. Thompson and Thomas Graves, the “new” organ will be heard for the first time on The Sunday after the Ascension, 16 May. It will reside in the narthex for two Sundays. The choir will offer introits from the narthex 16 and 23 May. Following the 23 May service of Whitsunday, I will offer a blessing upon the organ before it is finally moved into the chapel.
Please plan to attend both of the ten o’clock services on these two Sundays. Hear the instrument Mr. Thompson so generously provided. Support our choir which works diligently week after week to prepare choral offerings, and participate in the blessing of one of God’s greatest gifts…music.
God love you and yours,
September 13th-20th: Proposed date for the Synod of the Diocese of the Atlantic States.
September 24th-27th: The Rt. Rev. John Upham, archbishop, is scheduled to visit Holy Comforter.