Music simultaneously locates us in time and takes us beyond time—binding us to all who ever sang these hymns and all who ever will—our grandparents, neighbors, ancestors in faith and those who will come after us, many years from now. Singing beloved liturgies and hymns firmly situates us as God’s beloved people of faith, now and always.
Whether we take part in time-tested melodies or try out new music, we join with all of God’s creation in singing and making music to the God who created and loves us all. We learn the breadth of God’s story and our place in it, in a new way.
In liturgies and songs of faith old and new, there is space for each of us. We differ in many ways, but the music of our faith gives us a common language to voice our sorrows, joys and hopes—to God and to each other.
This message is an excerpt from “Finding the rhythm of love” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, who died in 430, and Moses the Black, monk, martyr, who died around 400.
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