Life at St. Peter’s, among many wonderful things, includes the extraordinary gift of music. Across centuries and genres, the art of music continues to be a blessing that can unite the human family and help one to connect to the God within. Indeed, music is in the air at St. Peter’s and all around, offered with admirable devotion by adults, youth, and children alike. Music is such a vital part of our existence in this world that “Music: A Source for Healing of the Heart” will be the topic of our parish’s July 16 Conversation with the Clergy at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
Music is in the air: when parishioner Edith Johnson listens to a myriad of classical pieces while preparing a Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium for Sunday use; during a Holy Eucharist when the finest of organ playing and superb singing by the St. Peter’s Choir is offered; at a weekday concert, like the May 22 Center City Concert by Gemini Winds (oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn); when The Choir School at St. Peter’s amazes area audiences and blesses the souls of congregants through talents aligned with its mission to enrich and strengthen young lives through excellent, rigorous music education and choral performance; and throughout religious and community spaces in South Africa, the UK, and the USA, where I immersed myself in the sounds of jazz, classical-choral, blues, gospel, and Taizé during my recent sabbatical. Thanks be to God, music is in the air.
On June 11, before their June 15–20 summer tour, the Tour Choirs and MasterSingers of The Choir School dismissed 10:45 a.m. worshippers with “Music Down In My Soul,” inspired by the spiritual “Over My Head.” Over my head, I hear music in the air. There must be a God somewhere…I got this music down in my soul, and it fills my heart with the joy of the Lord. Let us give thanks for music, which can help us to connect to the God within–and even fill our hearts with joy.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector