The Importance of Music
A Reflection by the Rev. Todd Foster
Music has always been important to me. If you listened to the music I was listening to while growing up, you might not agree with me. But no matter the genre, music – by definition – makes an emotional appeal. It speaks to our hearts and brings to expression ideas and feelings for which words do not suffice.
I grew up in a church that did not use musical instruments. Instead we sang, all of us, in four part harmonies. Music in worship was about the blending of voices, and it bound together our community in deep and important ways.
It was in a synagogue in the Bronx that I first heard scripture chanted. I was entranced. To hear the words that have been handed down by followers of God for millenia rendered into song was overwhelming. It changed those words, deepened them. The words became more truly themselves taking on more depth and truth than I had ever perceived in them before. Words and melody connected and become one in just the same way that every believer struggles to take the ideas of faith and render them in the thoughts, words, and actions of a life lived. Words and melody connected just as flesh and spirit combined into the incarnation of Jesus Christ – and every other person who has ever lived.
When I encountered the Episcopal Church, I was immediately struck by the rich, robust, and deeply rooted tradition of Anglican music. I purchased copies of The Plainsong Psalter and The Anglican Chant Psalter even before getting my own Book of Common Prayer. The Episcopal Church has many gifts, charisms, which we share with the world. Our dedication to and investment in beautiful music is one of them.
Music has a way of circumventing logical roadblocks and re-awakening forgotten corners of our hearts. Music has the capacity to add depth to an idea and to give us a new perspective. Music breaks open old texts and allows new meaning (which is not new at all, only unheard by us) to pour forth from them.
Here at Epiphany, when it comes to music, we don’t mess around. Tom Foster and our amazing choir lead the way, with the Music Guild, Choristers, and guest performers following behind. Expect amazing things this Easter season: amazing musical things. And join me in giving thanks to God for the music that surrounds us at Epiphany and the deep, ineffable ways that it connects us with the Kingdom of God.
All of creation is often likened to a choir singing God’s praise. I don’t think that’s just a figure of speech.
Be part of an Epiphany Parish Easter tradition.
Join us for a Potluck Brunch between the 8:45 and 11:00 Easter services.
Please note that the Parish Office will be closed
Monday, April 17th.
Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow – Join the fun!
April 15, 2017 – Gather at 9:30 am in the Great Hall
Get your Tickets Before They Are Sold out!
Gala Fundraising Dinner and Concert
Sunday, April 23 at 6 pm
Prominent musicians, Tekla Cunningham, violinist, Nathan Whittaker, cellist, and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichordist, will get the evening started with a chamber concert in the Chapel. Next, we will move to the Great Hall for a catered, sit-down dinner. The evening will conclude back in the Chapel with a Cabaret event.
$100 per Ticket * Limited seating
Thank you! Epiphany for providing YWCA Family Shelter Kids with 35 Easter Baskets this year! Each one was different and has its own personality, bringing much needed cheer to families in crisis.
Sunday Lectionary Corner
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
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