When I reflect upon the experiences that have influenced my musical and spiritual life, I am overwhelmed at the grace that has been shown to me. Music and faith were nurtured in me from the very start, and my life has been in cooperation and celebration of that legacy of service and song.
As I grow older, I look back on those gifts and understand more fully how much impact they still have in my language of spiritual expression. Sometimes these elements are mere nostalgia, while others represent treasured rituals and traditions that are foundational to my work and worship.
In this issue of WorshipSongsOnline, our bloggers look at the past to consider how it might inform our future. From the personal to the corporate, we celebrate our heritage of faith and look at our different ways of “doing church” and wonder at what might be around the corner for the millennial church.
Sometimes our observations can be joyful:
Why in traditional churches do we put our worship leaders in those big uncomfortable thrones on Sunday morning? Why do they always put the pianist behind a bunch of potted plants?
Sometimes our ways of doing things can be challenging:
How do you keep the animals from eating each other during those “blessings of the beasts” services? How do you navigate telling Mrs. Luckadoo not to sing the high note on “O Holy Night” this year?
Sometimes our looking back can remind us of interesting things we are slowly losing to time:
Summer revivals, the church graveyard, Bible drills…
Sometimes our looking back reminds of important things that we must not lose as we grow and adapt with the times:
The choir, the organ, hymnals, our sense of community and service.
Hopefully, our blogs this month will be a chance for you to pause, reflect, and be grateful!