Sunday, May 6, 2012

Praying Without Words

Bach gave us God's Word.
Mozart gave us God's laughter.
Beethoven gave us God's fire.
God gave us Music that we might pray without words.
Engraved on an old German opera house

Just as "David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets" (1 Chronicles 13:8), our choir, children, and congregation sang praises accompanied by organ, flute, cello, recorders, piano, and bells all brought together in today's beautiful "Celebration of Music Sunday" service. And in the quiet back corner of the garden the white bells of the Lilies of the Valley continue to ring out.

May the God of melody and harmony light your path,
May the song of the Spirit play in your heart along the way,
And may Jesus Christ, our promise of new life, take your hand and lead you in the dance, now and forever.
Amen.
Celebration of Music Blessing, Melrose United Church

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