A Joyful Chaos!
Read Part 1: The Drummers and Joe
Read Part 2: Kurzweil Jeff
Read Part 3: Oy! Logistics, Permissions and Switzerland, Oh My!
Read Part 5: Drums In Church — Some Concluding Thoughts
One of my most favorite times on Sundays and special service days is my morning walk over to the church. I love to see the sun’s light starting to illuminate the church and the huge plaza with the reflecting pool that runs right by it.
Morning at The Mother Church (Tony Arruza/Corbis)
There is often a security guard somewhere along the plaza all bundled up that I wave to, and there is such peace, tranquility and beauty. Thanksgiving Day was no exception.
I always think of this phrase from a favorite hymn during my ritual walk:
“A glorious day is dawning and o’re the waking earth, The heralds of the morning are springing into birth.” 1
As those morning heralds, I like to get into the church good and early while it is still quiet. On this morning, I needed to get there even a bit earlier to get warmed up. The drummers were coming! I had to be ready!
January 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm
It’s always momentous when something new is added to a church’s worship materials, especially when the new materials are intended for regular use. You know what I mean. No matter what your religious affiliation, there are traditions and ways of doing things that are time-honored and beloved. For some, having New Things added to the Tried and True represent a bit of a challenge – yes, even Change. For others, this Change is welcomed with open arms. But no matter what, that Change is hopefully seen as Progress.
Here is an excellent case in point: The Christian Science Hymnal was last published in 1932. Along with several generations of Christian Scientists, I grew up with the hymns in this hymnal, loving them and singing them from day one, continuing through to today.
And then last year in 2008, a brand new Supplement to the Christian Science Hymnal was published. As a musician and Inspirational singer, this was indeed very momentous for me and very welcome and exciting!
July 15, 2009 at 12:32 am