From the Minister – July 2019

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From the Minister – July 2019

I have been thinking lately about the power of music. To express or
convey a feeling. To keep us company while we do the dishes or the
gardening. To help process grief and sorrow. To somehow give us
strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other. To lift our souls and
make us want to dance. To give us a language when words aren’t
enough. As a musician I have appreciated the way music has helped me
navigate life, and how I’ve also been able to share it with others to be a
blessing to them.
It’s been said that there is a divine music that has been playing
throughout creation since the Holy Spirit hovered like a humming bird
over the waters. It is the music of God and Gods way of being in the
world. Maybe there are times you’ve felt in time and in tune with this
song, so much so that it made you want to dance. Maybe it caused love
to flow from you like a river of life, to all people, that they too would hear
the song of God. When we live out the way of Jesus; the way of love,
peace, forgiveness, justice and hope, we join in the song.
This music of God trancends time and space, and speaks into the heart of
every person, urging them to come home and join in.
Music is a powerful image and a powerful gift.
Earlier this month we remembered and honored a man who knew this
well. Don Boyd. Whose gift of person, and gift of music touched the lives
of many people. We thank God for the blessing of his life, and we say
“Thank you for the music” Don. Your music lifted us when we were low,
and made us want to dance. It changed the atmosphere of a room and
made it feel warmer and more welcoming. It helped us process our
sorrow, and it gave us hope to move on. It reminded us of special times
past, and stretched our imaginations with new sounds and arrangements.
Your music has kept us company on the journey of life and faith.
So, we give thanks to God for Don. Not only for all the songs he played,
but especially for the song of God that flowed through him to others in all
he did. For this was the greatest song. The song that will sound for all
eternity, and will unite all hearts as one.
Matt Chapman