Two fantastic opportunities this week!
We have had two excellent Sundays — welcoming visitors from sixth grade to very seasoned — and we hope to add to our choir this week. This low risk, high reward choir is fun, it’s easy, and it makes worship better. And all you have to do is show up 30 minutes before a service you were already planning to attend! Did you see Rev. Lance Marshall this past Sunday? Look for another Rev. Marshall in the choir loft this coming Sunday.
Our favorite hymns
The votes are in and counted . . . and there are no hanging chads. Both Sunday, August 16 and Sunday, August 23 will be full of our favorite hymns, with a little history behind some to help bring them to life. You won’t want to miss the beginning of this Sunday’s service, because three of the top vote getters are in the opening hymn slot! With ten to twelve hymns scheduled for the next two Sundays, there should be a little something for everyone.
And just to remind you, Methodism’s founder, John Wesley, had some pretty specific ideas about how we might sing our favorite hymns:
I. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please.
II. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at
all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.
III. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let
not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take
it up and you will find a blessing.
IV. Sing lustily and with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead,
or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice
now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.
V. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of
the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your
voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.
VI. Sing in time: whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before
nor stay behind it; but attend closely to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can.
And take care you sing not too slow. This drawling way naturally
steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing
all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.
VII. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at
pleasing him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to this attend strictly
to the sense of what you sing, and see that your Heart is not carried away with the
sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the
Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.