Summary of the Music of Eastertide and Pentecost,
Linda and friends, Sunday, April 15th
" The Christian Church sings. It is not a choral society. Its singing is not a concert...The praise of God which finds its concrete culmination in the singing of the community is one of the indispensable forms of the ministry of the church." With these words from Karl Barth, a Dutch Reformed Church theologian, Linda began our discussion of the reasons why we sing the texts rather than sitting and contemplating their meaning in silence. People shared several thoughts about the experience of community singing.
Linda then led us through some hymns and the theological themes that they exemplify. While much of the music we sing during this season is about the risen Christ and confirming our beliefs, some of the hymns are about social action and justice and they are meant to confront and teach us. For example, in Hymn #182 we sing a well known tune to these words: " In every insult, rift and war where color, scorn or wealth divide, He suffers still, yet loves the more, and lives, though ever crucified."
Thank you to Linda for taking us through the church year with the music of Advent to the music of Eastertide and Pentecost, teaching us and enriching our understanding of "this indispensable form of ministry".