Music Director’s Note For The Season
The season of Pentecost in God’s Church emphasizes the Godhead in three parts – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What an appropriate time of the Church year to include a wider embrace of His Church’s spiritual songs and hymnody, including those of Southern Harmony and from the Sacred Harp collection.
I hope you were present for the Pentecost Sunday service when we shared a simple two note, five word chant: “Holy Spirit, Come to Us.” It was wonderful to hear not only the choir but the congregation singing that two note chant, as the Cantor sang the verses above those repetitive words of prayer. This is a song written by Brother Jacques Berthier, from the non-denominational monastery in Taizé, France, especially for people from all over the world who come to pray and meditate in that space – all of God’s people: different religions, cultures, denominations within the Christian community. The songs were composed to singers, varied instrumentalists in simple form to help the worshipper feel God’s presence, as they pray and meditate. What an experience that must be!
We at St. Alban’s chant plainsongs, intone psalms, sing African American spirituals, folk tunes with spiritual words and hymns and the most well known song, “Jesus Loves Me” – learned as children. Since we did not grow up together, we each have differing favorite hymns. They are the heritage of all of God’s Church – no denomination.
As your music director, I am once again asking you to take time to write down your favorite hymns from our hymnal and/or from another hymnal. Please make me a copy if not in our hymnal.
Remember, if you don’t sing, open your hymnals to the pages listed on the Sunday bulletin. I have asked the Altar Guild to list as many hymn numbers as will fit on the hymn boards, too. By you following the words (as we do with the lessons insert), you are joining our music ministry in helping us follow God’s great commission – to take the gospel into all of the world.