Faith can sound like a metal folding chair being dragged across a wooden floor. Faith can sound like a sigh of relief from a nearby mom. She’d been whispering, working to get her school-aged kids out of their chairs to help during their part of the service.
Faith can sound like your kids, singing along without bothering to look at the Evangelical Lutheran Worship pages. Faith can sound like a pastor’s wonderful sermon. Faith can sound like a diverse group of people, passing the peace like they mean it.
But what is sound, really? Sound is energy—energy that comes from movement, energy that causes the air itself to vibrate and propel this energy in all directions, firing up our ears, and often, our hearts. The next time you’re at worship, listen. What sounds do you hear? What do the sounds say about your worship space?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Elizabeth Hunter.