Original Posting At https://heartontheleft.wordpress.com/2019/10/22/the-music-of-our-lives/
Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” for this coming Sunday, 27 October 2019 (20th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C). The music this Sunday will have a jazz orientation, highlighting the skills of our music director, Art Labriola. Service begins at 10:15 am and you are more that welcome to attend.
A few years ago, I was working in my office on campus. As usual, the door to my office was open and
I had the radio on and was listening to a 60’s oldies station. One of my students paused at the open door
and as they listened to the music playing asked, “Weren’t you listing to
classical music this morning?” In reply,
I said, “Yes, I just changed the century.”
As you know, music is and has been very much a part of my
life. From the beginning of my ministry,
I sought to incorporate hymns that reflected the thoughts of the message that I
was presenting on that Sunday. It was
something that the Psalmist knew very well, music was another way to connect
Our connection is not just something made in our heart; it is
made in our mind as well. It comes for
our study and preparation; it comes from how we live our lives. Our connection with God is thus based on our
composition and our performance, which just happen to be the key elements of
Jazz requires a structured part, the composition/created part
but it gives the musician or musicians the opportunity and freedom to do something
with that created part.
Each day God takes each one of us, the created part, and
creates something new, the performance part.
The created part is the same each day but the performance part depends
on the day, the time, and the place.
A couple of weeks ago, Pastor Micah asked who our mentors
were. In today’s New Testament reading,
Paul is passing the torch, as it were, to Timothy. As we think about who mentored us, let us
remember that each day we mentor someone.
We may not know who that someone is; we may not know how it is that we
are mentoring them; but just as jazz musicians take the written music and
create something new, so too do we take our lives and create something
new. The music of our lives is another
form of jazz.