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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

May 2010 - Music Notes

Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness, make Thy way plain before my face.

For it is Thou, Lord, Thou, Lord, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

           

For the last several months, the choir has been providing a Choral Call to Prayer during Worship.  Following the sermon, it serves as a transition between the Message given and the prayers that follow.

 

Lord of our life, and God of our salvation, star of our night and hope of every nation,

Hear and receive Thy Church’s supplication, Lord God Almighty.

 

            When I was growing up, my parents would always sit with my sister and me at bedtime and we would thank God for His blessings, pray for our families and friends, and ask for Him to be with us during the night.  As we got older, we were made to go into separate rooms and pray by ourselves.  During this time we were told that we didn’t have to say the same thing every time, that we could just talk to God, openly.  It was hard at first, but I got used to talking to God just as I would talk to someone else.

When I would attend the New Wilmington Missionary Conference at Westminster College during the summer, there was always a time of private devotion.  I remember my first counselor the year I entered high school, who said that, during prayer, there needs to be a time of silence.  This was definitely a different concept for me, to be still, and to feel God’s presence, to intently listen.

 

Hear our prayer, O Lord; hear our prayer, O Lord.

Incline Thine ear to us, and grant us Thy peace.

 

In music, silence is just as important as the notes on the page.  Silence is the reflection of what has happened and the anticipation of what is coming next.  In prayer, the silence is just as important as what we say and ask.  To be still and meditate on what the Lord has to say to you. 

 

O God, who art peace everlasting,

Pour forth Thy peace into our souls, that everything discordant may vanish,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.