Music is a big part of worship at St Nicholas, and it’s been a big part of the experience at St Bede’s as well.
At St Nick’s, we often sing or chant psalms; St Bede’s uses a book of praise songs, and both communities are familiar with various hymns.
Here’s an item from Huffington Post on the subject:
So, I feel bad for the biblical psalms. In Hebrew, their home language, the collection is called tehillim — “songs of praise.” This ups the mystery ante. After all, the book is dominated by complaint. Evocative expressions of pain and suffering — all kinds and on all levels are far more common than happier sentiments. Yet somehow, all together, they are “Praise Songs.” And how poignant that the book’s Greek title, Psalms, comes from a word that may refer as much to a stringed instrument as the “songs” it accompanied.
Now, you may call me sacrilegious, but as much as I wish we knew the full music of those biblical texts, I do not believe that they alone possess sanctifying power. I do not believe that the sacred is bound by text or that the divine is circumscribed by religion. Holiness happens in the oddest places and may be carried along by something as profound, as singular and transitory, as a song.
Link: The Power of Music: Holiness Hitches a Ride – The Huffington Post
Please plan to join us on Christmas Eve and / or Christmas Day. All are welcome! Here is the service schedule:
4:30 P.M. A Christmas Eve Service for the Young and Young-at-Heart
9:00 P.M. A Festival of Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
10:00 A.M. Festival Christmas Service
Where better to spend Christmas than at St. Nick’s?
6:00 pm Wednesday Eucharist
6:45 pm Choir Practice
7:30 pm Al-Anon
There’s no Food Pantry on second Wednesdays like today, but plenty of other things are going on.
The weekday Noontime AA offers support to those struggling with addiction to alcohol.
The NEW Midweek Eucharist at 6pm. Take time out from your busy week to reflect, from the Book of Common Prayer, on “things done, and things left undone.” Let go of hurt, anger, and pain: come and be refreshed.
Choir at 645pm. Advent, the Feast of St Nicholas, and Christmas is coming! The choir is working on LOTS of special music. Current plans include a Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve, be sure to mark your calendar.
Al-Anon at 7:30pm. Get support if you are the family member or friend of someone struggling with alcohol or other addiction. Large, active group meets in Holy Innocents Hall with breakouts in the Gathering Space.