Several weeks ago, we sang one of my favorite hymns in worship.  It’s what many might refer to as an “oldie, but goodie.”  Lately, I find myself captivated with the lyrics; indeed, they are timely.

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,

Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

For well over a year now, “life’s billows” have been ragingup and down, shifting back and forth our hopes rising and falling with each news cycle.  “Discouraged” may not sufficiently describe what we have often felt.  And now, as we once again find ourselves cast back into the throes of a pandemic, it would be very easy to think “all is lost.”  As people of faith, we know well the stories from Scripture that describe similar situations: epics where tragedy is inevitable, and yet, God surprises us.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, hope emerges, victories are won, and silver linings shine brighter.

Taking a cue from this great old song, I want to count a few blessingsspecifically, those within our Music Ministry
for whom I am very grateful.  I have written the short prayer below to express my gratitude to God for these gifts to the church.  I hope you will join me in this prayer.

Creating God, source of all that is good, we give you thanks.
For Diann Clark, whose beautiful music inspires us and moves us closer to you, we give you thanks.
For Caitie Jackson, whose servant heart welcomes and encourages all, we give you thanks.
For Noel Freidline, whose expressions through music fill us with joy, we give you thanks.
For Debra Wallace, whose teachings grow and train our youngest, we give you thanks.
For the Sanctuary Choir, who continually seek to glorify God through song, we give you thanks.
For countless others, who give of their time, their talent, and of their treasures, we give you thanks.
Through the gifts you have given to these, O God, we are forever blessed.  Amen.

May the peace of Christ be with you.