Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 24, 2016
“As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.”
1 Corinthians 12:20
It only takes a moment, as we turn on our televisions or scan our news-feeds, for us to be jolted out of comfort into a wider and desperate worldview by what seems like an unending stream of tragedy and division. Our efforts at the frets, the keyboards, and the pedals may easily appear small, trivial, and helpless when juxtaposed to images of detained children at the border and the biting sound of strident political discourse.
Yet our baptismal call that leads us to music ministry also instills in us a crucial function in the Body of Christ. Striving to enable and inspire all to lift our collective voices as one voice, weaving a rich harmony as we sing our faith and hope, cuts through the cacophony of terror and loss and proclaims a new truth, an undivided song of praise. Our part in the Body of Christ affirms the truth that we all belong, that we each have a place, that no one is “other,” and that we are not alone—we are one.
In this Year of Mercy, how does our ministry of music making guide us as vessels of God’s mercy? How might our love of harmony, of invitation, and of the assembly’s song be an active collaboration that seeks to honor each member of the Body of Christ?
Source of love and mercy,
show us how to use our gifts to bring your people together.
Kindle in us the desire for harmony and peace,
and empower our song to drown out the sounds of division
as together we sing to you our praise, hope, and joy.
St. Nicholas Church