Faith is meant to be sung, and hymns are for the singing of it. Some say that hymns are a greater influence on one’s personal theology even than scripture or teaching or preaching or family or friends. With psalms and chants, chorales and canons, spirituals and choruses, hymns and Appalachian folk songs, we have sung our faith. Words that are sung, especially if they are sung repeatedly and enthusiastically, work their way into our subconscious and shape us in subtle ways, as well as giving us words and phrases that come quickly to mind when we ponder or articulate our faith. (from Jane Parker Huber’s A Singing Faith)
On Sunday, June 21, we will share worship in a festival of hymns music service. We are fortunate to have so many talented musicians in our congregation who will lead us in worship: Catherine Crowe, Raleigh Cothran, Amy Joye, Craig Price, Ellen Wilson and Shelton Ridge Love. We will also have the opportunity to hear from Nyroba Leamon, Artistic Director of the Phyllis Wheatley-Dwight Woods Repertory Theater for Youth. I hope you will make plans to share in this worship service, singing the familiar hymns that teach us and inspire us—lifting us out of ourselves to hope, joy and peace.