I love music. I especially love the music of the church. I come from a very musical family and I cut my teeth on many of the great hymns of faith. Whether it is hearing an organ in a majestic cathedral, sitting in a nursing room hall with residents as one of their own plays a piano, listening to choral anthems on YouTube, or remembering a time in my childhood, sitting at my grandmother’s old upright piano in her living room, music has always spoken to the core of my being.
It is impossible to convey the depth of emotion I feel when undreds of voices join together in singing, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation!” or “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” It is comforting to be part of the gathered assembly in moments of sorrow or distress and hear the assuring words, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound…” Music is central to our worship and in our music God is glorified.
I cannot tell you the number of times that I find myself drawn to the hymns. They speak to me, offering encouragement, inspiration, joy, and peace. When I consider how many saints through the ages, in so many different settings, have lifted their voices, singing the same verses we sing, I am amazed at the collective power of music to unify the body and speak to our collective soul.
This Sunday, we will celebrate Music and Worship Sunday during our 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. services. I am grateful to our Director of Music, Dr. James Seay and the leadership of our Music Ministry, including our Organist and Assistant Director of Music, Dr. Joshua Coble; Director of Children’s Choirs, Mrs. Becky Dickens; Director of Youth Choir, Ms. Meg Griffin. I also want to express my deepest appreciation to the members of the Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir, Children’s Choirs, and to the leaders of our Children’s Choirs for their faithful and dedicated service to Christ through the offering of their musical talents. Our music ministry at First United Methodist Church of Montgomery is second to none!
Make plans to be here this Sunday for this very special worship experience. Invite someone to join you as well. This will be a great service. I promise you will not want to miss it!
Blessings and peace,
Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon