Music transports us back in time, binding us together as few other things can. It holds power to bring us into community and create a place for all people. The congregation I serve is in the middle of the city. On a regular basis, we are joined in worship by neighbors who sometimes lack permanent housing and often deal with health challenges or other issues.
The music is a balm for their weary souls, giving them respite from the many cares weighing on their minds and in their hearts.
Singing together in worship is not about talent. It’s not about perfect or even beautiful voices. It’s about coming together to worship God, to be transformed by the music into a place with space for everyone, young and old, people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds, political viewpoints and histories.
This message is an excerpt from “Finding the rhythm of love” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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