I cannot begin to adequately express the loss I continue to feel regarding our ensembles and music making. Our separation during the pandemic, while necessary, has been very difficult on us all. Oh, how I long for the sound of a choir … voices raised in song … music made together.

   For many of us, music helps us transcend the troubles of the world, and it brings us closer to God. As hymn writer Fred Pratt Green puts it:
How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound,
        as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!

   Our “Alleluias” might not be as full right now … especially since we can’t sing them together … but, they have not disappeared. Soon, I pray, we will be able to gather and sing once again, and when we do, I believe it will be a glorious occasion! That hope is captured beautifully in these words (also by Fred Pratt Green):
Let every instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!

   As we approach the season of Advent, a time normally filled with rehearsals and preparation for the Music Ministry, I encourage you to continue to plug in with the virtual worship offerings, as well as other small group calls and gatherings. And as we continue to improve our ability to record and live-stream, look for opportunities to add your voice … be that in person or behind a screen. These are tough times, but I pray God will grant us peace, and that we will gain new perspectives on music and worship.

    May the peace of Christ be with you.