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Deacon Digest for October: Music of the Heart

I grew up singing in church choirs and it is there, in the words of the songs, that I learned most of what I know about the Christian faith.

by Gail Etter on September 21, 2021

I grew up singing in church choirs and it is there, in the words of the songs, that I learned most of what I know about the Christian faith.


I have sung in the Senior Choir at First Church for over thirty years. We have had some wonderful Directors of Music with Patricia Snyder, Jim Gower, Mary Morreale and now Bill Speed. Singing can find words we are unable to say. One of my favorite hymns, "This is My Song", the last verse words are;
This is my prayer, O ruler of all nations:
let thy reign come, on earth they will be done.
In peace may all earth's people draw together,
and hearts united learn to live as one.
Who cannot be moved by the hope of these words.

When I directed the Cherub Choir, one of our favorite children's hymn was "Wherever I May Wander". The first verse words are;
Wherever I may wander, Wherever I may be,
I'm certain of my Maker's love: God's care is over me.
God made the great high mountains, And made the wide blue sea:
God made the sky where airplanes fly; God made the world, and me."
May all former Cherubs carry these words in their hearts.

On June 27th, 2021, the Senior Choir actually sang in front of the sanctuary without masks! This is the first time since March 13, 2020. For the Introit, we sang a new piece by Eric Whitacre called "Sing Gently". This piece was sung virtually by 17,572 singers from 129 countries. I highly recommend you Goggle this video to see and hear this many singers making music together. The lyrics to "Sing Gently" are:
May we sing together, always. May our voice be soft.
May our singing be music for others and may it keep others aloft.
Sing, sing gently, always. Sing, sing as one.
May we stand together, always. May our voice be strong.
May we hear the singing and may we always sing along.
Sing, sing gently, always. Sing, sing as one.

Whether you are a singer or listener of what music gives us, may the words be meaningful to your life and help to strengthen your faith in God.

Gail Etter
Deacon of the Month

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