MUSIC

Dear Lord, yesterday we attended
a musical program
of a violinist and a pianist.
We are fortunate that musicians
who live in this retirement community
are happy to share their talents.
Music expresses our deepest emotions.
David played the harp to soothe Saul.
The Psalms speak of the exuberance
of musical instruments.
Thank you, Lord, for writers and players
of music who give you praise and lift our spirits.

Psalm 100: 3-5.
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp.  Praise him with tambourine and dance; Praise Him with strings and pipe!  Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

 

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CHURCH SERVICE

O Lord God, on Sunday
sometimes as we sing the hymns
or during the sermon,
there is such a sense
of your presence among us,
that I look around and wonder
if others feel it.
We pray and know that you hear.
After the service we feel refreshed
and ready to tackle the week ahead.
You fill us with all good things.
Praise!  Praise!  Praise!

John 20:21-22
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

Hymn:  Surely the Presence of the Lord

PRAISE!

What a wonder, Lord,
to see people walking easily,
as though it was natural.
Only a month ago,
my hurt and swollen feet
could barely hold me up.
I’d walked too much
during a vacation.
I didn’t know that was possible.
Now they feel normal again.
I give thanks
for what I used to take for granted.
Our bodies perform wonders every day.
Thank you, Lord, for health
and your reassuring presence
during times of pain.

Job 6:10
This would be my consolation; I would even exult in unrelenting pain; for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

PRAISE

O Lord, accept our songs
of praise for all your gifts to us
as we continue to live in this
retirement community.
Today the temperature is 50º on our balcony,
but our apartment is warm and toasty.
We praise you and give thanks
for those who have provided
for our health and comfort.
Praise for continuing friendships
and new friends.
Praise for good and ample food,
healthy activities,
and opportunities for helping others.
Praise and thanks for those who plan
and conduct our religious services.
Praise and thanks to you, Lord,
for the wonder of your love. Amen.

Psalm 147:1:
Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

Hymn: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

MUSICAL GIFTS

Dear Lord, yesterday
my husband’s string quartet from church
played for the folks who live
in the assisted living part
of our three levels of care complex.
I joined the group for lunch
in a small café on campus.
The group practiced for an hour
and then played a concert.
My husband announced pieces
by Bach, Haydn, and Mozart.
About 35 residents attended
and seemed appreciative.
You inspired the players, Lord,
to share their gift of music with others.

Psalm 150:3-6:
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

Hymn: What Gift Can We Bring

CELEBRATION

Dear Heavenly Father, we have arrived home
after visiting my husband’s sister in Kansas
where she was celebrated on Sunday
for being the church organist
for 50 years. She will retire in June.
The congregation had commissioned
a special anthem based on Psalm 150
in her honor, which the choir sang.
After the minister preached, and
we had communion,
my sister-in-law played a special
postlude on the organ. Then the choir
served lunch to all who could stay.
It was a wonderful celebration
of one of your servant’s, Father.

Psalm 150: 1-2:
Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness.

Hymn: When in Our Music God Is Glorified

SINGING

In church on Sunday
we sing three or four hymns
and several responses, Lord.
We sing as an active part
of the worship service.
The adult choir and sometimes
a children’s choir also sing.
Angels sang when you were born, Lord,
and we look forward to someday
singing around your throne.
It is a joy to sing praises to you.

Ephesians 5:18b-19:
But be filled with the Spirit; as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.

Hymn: Come, Christians, Join to Sing