As a pastor and as a musician, one of the things I miss in our new (and temporary) “normal” of worship in COVID-tide is the sound of our musical ensembles. Once, our worship was filled with their musical offerings of praise! One day, it will be again.
In the meantime, our music ensemble directors and members have been hard at work. They have found new and creative ways of rehearsing, and have embraced online platforms to share their gifts. Throughout the season of Lent, we will be sharing some of their musical offerings with you as part of our daily devotionals.
It’s my hope that these musical gifts will nourish your souls as they bring glory to God!
Today, the members of Klangchor (our youth bell choir), along with their director Frank Arbushites, would like to share two musical offerings with you.
The first bell choir offering is an adaptation of a traditional spiritual, “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me.” In our hymnal, the opening lines of each verse read: I want Jesus to walk with me. In my trials, Lord, walk with me. When I’m troubled, Lord, walk with me. (United Methodist Hymnal, #521)With all of COVID-tide’s trials and troubles, these are meaningful words for this season!
The second bell choir offering is a rendition of the traditional hymn “Fairest Lord Jesus.” As springtime sun begins to shine on us, I find myself drawn to the words of verse 2: Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands, robed in the blooming garb of spring: Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, who makes the woeful heart to sing. (United Methodist Hymnal, #189)
As you experience this musical gift and God’s transforming grace, may you remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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- View previous devotionals: https://wesleychurch.com/pastor-candys-devotionals-2/