Beloved Friends- Recently we published a new brochure highlighting Music and the Arts at Trinity. Our Director of Music and the Arts, Nate Leonard, did a fantastic job reflecting a wonderful collection of voices from our community sharing the role music plays in our common life. Please pick up a copy on the Welcome Table Sunday and share it with someone you think might be inspired by what we are offering week after week together!
Nate has shared from the very first time he and I met, that music is his “connective tissue” – the way in which he has made and built lasting relationships and meaningful experiences throughout his lifetime. I too have looked to music to be the foundation, the source, the vehicle that ushers me into the presence of the Divine time and time again. I have shared that since childhood, music has been my constant invitation, solace and promise, keeping me connected to all that is sacred and holy—even when I have lacked words or understanding.
This Sunday our music program is back in full force. We have an awesome collection of a dozen new and returning High School singers, we have our Jobst Choral Scholars again, we have our faithful Trinity choir members and musicians and some additional musicians who are either singers from the community or instrumentalists. The role of this glorious group is to help lead and inspire as we all lift our voices together, and we will certainly do just that Sunday.
Here is a beautiful perspective on the gift of music from one of my favorite spiritual writers:
Music is perhaps the most divine of all art forms in that it creates an active, living and moving form that takes us for a while into another world. There is no doubt that music strikes a deep and eternal echo within the human heart. Music resonates in and with us. It is only when we become enraptured in great music we begin to understand how deeply we are reached and nourished by sound. (John O’Donohue, Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong)
So come home this Sunday as our sacred soundtrack continues! Music at Trinity is a vibrant, expansive, varied palette of genres embracing the best of what music is and can be creating a pathway into a universal language connecting and inspiring us to be more together than we can ever be alone.
I dare say we just might be turning the tide and redefining what we use to call “church music” moving closer into a wonderful and more expansive definition that dares to combine it all for the sake of spreading the Good News! Hallelujah!
And may you never forget that you are loved,