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Apr
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4.28.19 … “How oft, in making music, we have found A new dimension in the world of sound As worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!”

Faith traditions, music and spirituality, Roswell Presbyterian Church:

I’m in Atlanta this weekend, and this morning I went with my sister and her husband to the 8:15 am service in the historic sanctuary at Roswell Presbyterian Church. The Senior Minister is Jeff Meyers. Jeff served in college and young adult ministry at my childhood church, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, for many years. I love old sanctuaies and this one was built in the 1840s. Reminding me of attending church at a small Methodist church with my grandmother, the people mingled and talked before the worship in this beautiful space.

Roswell Presbyterian Church was built similar in design to that of the New England meetinghouse. It was very much like the Midway Congregational Church on the Georgia coast, where many of the early Roswell families and their ancestors were members. Both churches had box pews, raised pulpits, and galleries for slave members.
Source: RPC History — Welcome to Roswell Presbyterian Church, https://www.roswellpres.org/rpc-history

In Charlotte I always attend church alone since I have no family members who attend, and it was nice to talk about faith issues on the way there, to share Sunday Worship and then to unwind afterwards and continue our conversation incorporating thoughts from the service over breakfast.

On the way there, we discussed how people who are musically inclined, whether they be singers or instrument players, have another “language” to which they experience spirituality.

During the service, we sang Hymn 641, When in Our Music God is Glorified …

When in our music God is glorified,

And adoration leaves no room for pride,

It is as though the whole creation cried:

Alleluia!

How oft, in making music, we have found

A new dimension in the world of sound

As worship moved us to a more profound

Alleluia!

So has the Church, in liturgy and song,

In faith and love, through centuries of wrong,

Borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue:

Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night

When utmost evil strove against the light?

Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight:

Alleluia!

Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise;

Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise,

And may God give us faith to sing always:

Alleluia!

Afterwards we drove around Roswell, and I saw Mimosa Hall, the family home of a childhood acquaintance (and the home to her family since the 1870s) who recently sold it to the City of Roswell. (Source: Sally Hansell grew up in Roswell’s Mimosa Hall | Archives | northfulton.com, https://www.northfulton.com/archives/sally-hansell-grew-up-in-roswell-s-mimosa-hall/article_a80b9e8a-8906-5493-9542-b01df467c94a.html). I actually visited Sally there with my friend Marty when we were in high school and Sally was in college. I remember the beautiful entrance drive. It is the same today. Her family is tied to the historic families of the church.

And then I just saw this …

and this …

“Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can’t. It’s a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does, and the evidence that musical training enhances things like working memory and language is very robust.”

-Catherine Loveday, University of Westminster

4.28.19


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