Of Worship, Fellowship and Music

I’ve written previously about the power of music. Whether one is speaking of Hip Hop, Country, or Church, there is power in music. It may be how the beat makes one’s blood race, or the emotion conveyed may bring up memories of past mistakes or triumphs. Music may also draw those hearing it closer. Whatever the case, music can move people, including those performing. Sunday, May 2, 2021, was a hallmark day for my church, my wife, many of my friends, and me.

After months of remote-church, limited church attendance, and quartets or small worship teams leading streaming congregants or small numbers maintaining social distancing in the sanctuary, we took the next step toward normalcy. We held a traditional worship service with a nearly full choir loft, most of our regular orchestra, and a sanctuary filled with members and guests.

I feel I can speak for most of those present on that morning. It was magnificent! It was especially magnificent for those of us in the choir, as we were able to lead part of the worship service en masse for the first time in more than a year. If you have never worshipped in song as part of a choir, it may be hard to understand, but the feeling is amazing.

As you are singing, sometimes fighting back tears because of the feelings the hymns bring up, you can see the congregation singing with you. You are part of a worship experience including the voices of hundreds of people, many of whom are feeling the power of God in the words of the hymn in a way that is hard to duplicate in the rest of their lives. It is especially meaningful when the hymn is one such as “In This Very Room.”

In this very room there’s quite enough love for one like me,
And in this very room there’s quite enough joy for one like me,
And there’s quite enough hope and quite enough power
to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus … is in this very room.

And in this very room there’s quite enough love for all of us,
And in this very room there’s quite enough joy for all of us,
And there’s quite enough hope and quite enough power
to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus … is in this very room.

In this very room there’s quite enough love for all the world,
And in this very room there’s quite enough joy for all the world,
And there’s quite enough hope and quite enough power
to chase away any gloom,
For Jesus, Lord Jesus … is in this very room.

Choosing this song, on this day, was especially meaningful, because we were all together again, with Him, in that very room. To experience a bit of what we felt that day, click the link below to hear “In This Very Room.”



© sinnerswalk – 2021

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