“One should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of one’s life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I believe that Goethe really captured the core element that music (and ALL art) can provide to REMIND us what innately lives in each of our souls: “a sense of the beautiful”.
I remember a few years ago, in my lunch interview for the Music Director position with Michael, when he shared with me what he felt the role of music was within worship: to provide moments of beauty.
Okay, so I am paraphrasing, but it is pretty close to what I remember him saying, as that moment was one of those rare moments in life when you know you are most definitely in the exact right place – no question – you are meant to be there.
My entire musical life in the church has always been about the idea that music, in collaboration with the written and spoken word shared, serves as a catalyst to remind each of us of the promise and possibility we are given to experience the depth of love and compassion that God provides. Through its innate beauty, when lovingly and mindfully shared, we can break down barriers and limiting beliefs we might have built around our hearts, as we journey through life, which then results in more open minds and hearts.
Music has been a strong and vital part of the worship life at Old First WAY before I ever entered its doors. Thanks to strong music leaders like our dear Julie Steiner, who served for 17 years, and those who came before her, I had some pretty hefty shoes to fill… and was humbly grateful for that challenge and gift. In my tenure of almost four years so far, I feel blessed to have co-created many moments of beauty with so many gifted singers and instrumentalists, 99.99% of whom have all been members of our Old First family!
As the Adult Choir takes their traditional summer break, those Summer months have traditionally been a time for many musically-inclined folks to share their gifts with the community within the worship services.
All manner and styles of instruments and voices have enhanced our weekly Summer worship services, enabling so many who gather to breathe in much-needed moments of beauty and inspiration to perhaps replenish their weary souls from their “worldly cares”.
We will begin to incorporate this special music into our worship services in 2 weeks, June 16th. I invite those of you who feel called to share your music with us this Summer, to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone, or see me after worship.