Today's Lectionary Text
O sing to the Lord a new song,
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
When I was in high school, my mom would take me with her each year to the Winger Jones choral reading sessions in Kansas City. Over the weekend we, along with other choir directors and members, would sight read the seasons’ selections for sacred and Christmas music highlighted that year.
My mom’s choir group was small but mighty, and choral pieces were presented for all sizes of church choirs. She couldn’t use a lot of pieces as they were written for choirs much larger than ours, but she usually found a few pieces that would work for the voices she had.
I loved going to the reading sessions. I learned a lot about sight reading that served me well in college choirs. It was also an opportunity to hear so many talented voices fill an auditorium praising God.
Of course, I loved the Christmas anthems but there was usually at least one great anthem for Thanksgiving (my favorite holiday) that stood out. I loved sitting with my mom as she wrote her star rating on the cover of each piece of sheet music knowing later at home we would go back over her top pieces at the piano.
I loved those days of singing new songs to the Lord of praise and thanksgiving. It challenged me as a singer and taught me most of the scripture that I know today. Making a joyful noise and singing praises to the Lord is a cherished memory.
Today I can sing favorite hymns full of memories and discover new praise songs that not only speak to my heart but through the scriptures in new and powerful ways. How marvelous that centuries after this Psalm was written we are still singing our praises to God just as the writer did in their day.
--- Lisa SoukupOriginally published Nov. 10, 2019
Former communications administrative assistant
The photo above features Mary Brooks, Lisa's mother, taken at UMY Institute
Prayer for Reflection
Heavenly Father, we sing your praises today as those in days gone by. Help us to discover new ways of praising you and find new insight into the scriptures.
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