June 1st, 2016

Mid Week Mus(ic)ing

Not surprisingly, one of the aspects of creation that has always captivated me is sound. Obviously sound is important to what I do, and although music itself is my main interest, what really fascinates me is how it all works. Even though I understand the physics of sound and acoustics, it still amazes me how all the frequencies and harmonics and overtones and all those technical things SOUND GOOD (that’s the scientific term)! There is such order and beauty behind the science of sound, but the real beauty is in the manifestation of the laws and principles.
We humans have discovered the mechanics of sound and have learned to manipulate it, but the real gift from the Creator is how music affects us psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. Hopefully you have experienced at least one time in your life when music—with or without words—moved you or spoke to you in a way that words alone could not.
I could write a symphony with soaring melodies, beautiful, complex harmonies, unique orchestration, etc. but no matter how skillfully I compose, I cannot determine how you will respond to it. God has created the tools in the physical world for us to create music, and has gifted us to respond to it. The Holy Spirit can work through music to touch our hearts.
We will have a special musical gift on Sunday! The Blue Ridge Clarinet Collective, a group of eight musicians playing clarinets of various sizes (and in which I play and am the assistant director), will provide music during worship. We will also present a PRE-WORSHIP CONCERT beginning at 10:00 in the sanctuary. The concert will include a wide variety of music, from Handel to Albeniz to Scott Joplin. Our featured piece is the St. Paul Suite by Sir Edward Elgar. We will play some of the movements during the concert and some as part of worship.

The concert will begin at 10:00, but you may come at any time between 10:00 and 10:30. Feel free to enter while we are playing—we realize this is a time for gathering for worship, so it will be informal. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and come early!

Scripture Reading: Psalm 150

Praise for God’s Surpassing Greatness

1 Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty firmament!
2 Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his surpassing greatness!
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with clanging cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
Editor’s note: Clarinets weren’t invented at the time. Otherwise, I’m sure they would have been included.

The Prayer List can be found here.