One of the best parts of my job is working with others to plan worship. Music Director, Robin Zemp, in particular, is a joy to work with, and I am always grateful for his knowledge and insight when it comes to music. You may not know this, but we work together each week to plan music and pick hymns and songs for Sunday. My regular joke is, “If we sing one you like, I picked it. If we sing one you don’t like, he picked it!” (I think he says the same thing in reverse about me.)
There are all kinds of things to consider when choosing hymns, and I think of it like planning a meal. Some hymns are like chocolate cake- we love to sing them, but you can’t live on chocolate cake alone. Other hymns are like broccoli- and I’ll tell you like my mom told me, “Just eat (sing) it, because it’s good for you!” And some hymns are like meat and potatoes: the stuff that fortifies us in good times and bad.
I hope you are interested in the music of our church and learning more about it. This Sunday and next Sunday, Robin and I are teaching a class about hymns and music. Join us at 10:00 a.m. in Covenant Hall. You’ll be glad you did!
Grace and Peace,