When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Matthew 26: 30
Singing has deep roots in our faith. Almost every Christian community has, in one way or another, incorporated music into their worship. Our Scottish Presbyterian tradition used to be rooted in the singing of Psalms. Now we enjoy a wide range of Hymns that were passed down through the generation, each time being tweaked and reinterpreted, and we have new songs that find new and creative ways to express our faith. We sing together because unites us as a community, allows us to express ourselves to God in ways that words alone would struggle to, and because some of the songs in our hymnbook are simple beautiful pieces of art.
One of the things we have missed from our year of lockdown has been singing. Not being able to sing together has been a real loss for many of us. But we will sing again, just as Jesus and his friends did.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” – Psalm 100 v 1-2
Prayer: God of music and song, thank you for giving us the ability to sing, make music, and express ourselves. Thank you for the gifts of art and creativity. Today I will use my voice in whatever way I can to worship you and celebrate the good things you have blessed us with.
Action: Listen to a piece of music that helps you feel close to God.