Rhythms Sermon Series- Sing

We spent this past Sunday talking a bit about why we sing. It’s a profoundly unique act, especially since we live in a western culture that doesn’t place a huge priority on singing as a cultural norm.

If you missed it, you can listen to it here.  (Launch the media player and select the sermon. You can also download it for later.)

We also had a clip of a song that you can get on iTunes here.

And a video clip of the piece “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre that you can watch here.

And as an extra goodie, here’s an article that talks a bit about how our brains react and respond to music. Fascinating stuff.

Lastly, we ended with some singing and some questions to respond to as we sang together in light of some of the things we explored.  Here are the questions in case you want to revisit them.

  1. As you sang, how you feel, physically, emotionally, intellectually? How did you respond?
  2. As you listened to others around you while you sang, what did you hear?
  1. We hit on a few big points on what singing does.

– it unifies our whole person. Our bodies, intellect, and emotions are all brought into conversation when we sing. We connect with something deep inside of us, in almost a primal way when we sing. We use our bodies to make the tones, our intellects to process the words, and our emotions make what we sing matter.

– it makes us look outside of ourselves. When we sing, we cannot make pure tones.  Even our individual voices are collections of tones, overtones, and harmonics.  When we sing together, we listen to ourselves, each other, and the space around us, as well as the Song that is the Triune God that we are singing along with.

– it unifies us as a collective of individuals, walking together with Jesus.  A couple weeks ago, we talked about worship, and used the illustration of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit playing together to create the song- the rhythm section if you will.  And we are invited to play with them, to improvise within the context of the song, but to sing and play along.  When we sing together, we join in that song as the communal body of Christ that is the Church.

What of these points hit you? What did you find fascinating and want to explore more? What bothered or unsettled you? Where does the conversation go from here?

Blessings, friends, as you wrestle, explore, and discover.

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2 thoughts on “Rhythms Sermon Series- Sing

  1. We indeed “ended with some singing and some questions to respond to as we sang together in light of some of the things we explored.” Wondering why the two songs we closed with, where presented/preformed in the way they were.
    The congregation was accompanied by a guitar and two vocalist. It was simple and beautiful. The congregation was afforded the opportunity to hear their fellow brothers and sisters sing in all their beauty and diversity. Now I am wondering why this approach is not the norm during our time together, in light of what we explored. Maybe a change is o the horizon?

  2. apologies for the delayed response. The two songs at the end were a collaborative effort between John and myself… I had asked him to pick a couple hymns that would be familiar to most everyone, and we picked those two out of a half dozen or so that he brought. As far as arrangement and instrumentation goes, it was done that way in large part to keep things simple for the worship team, in order to not add more to their workload for that week. Really, as far as why we do what we do every week, it’s trying to utilize the talents and gifts of the people who volunteer to serve every week well, and do it in a way that is helpful for setting a good worshipful atmosphere. it’s a tough balance to find, but it’s something we try and attend to every week. I dig the acoustic set from time to time as well, and there are times that we will do that sort of thing. For example, Advent is coming….

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