Last night was our monthly psalm sing, and I have to say that it is just plain ol’ wonderful. We have a music director, Dr. David Erb, who is taking us on to the next level of congregational singing, and he is not only talented musically, but leads with authority, humor, and an enthusiasm that is catching.
He often leads us with his trombone, while Corinne Reagan accompanies on the piano. One week he brought some percussion instruments for a few volunteers to play. (I believe my husband got to bang on a drum….something he no doubt enjoyed!) The basic format is singing with a couple of breaks. After we sing for a bit, we pause for an exhortation from one of the elders.Â Last night my brother-in-law Gordon spoke about Christmas traditions and how we ought to make sure we keep them connected to the first things. (“Don’t make Christmas hell for everyone else so that you can have the tree and the gifts and the candles just so.”) Then after more singing we pause for a recital; someone in the congregation with musical talent performs a piece for us.Â Mark Reagan treated us to a love song in Italian that he is working on in his voice studies at WSU.
All this to say, that I am so thankful for the psalms and hymns and for those members of our congregation who can lead us in learning them. It always refreshes my spirit, and stretches my abilities. (And they need quite a bit of stretching!)