This post is a departure for me because this isn’t a song I plan on singing in church. I turned on NBC yesterday to catch up on the olympics and they had a story by Tom Brokaw about London and World War II. As part of the story, he detailed how Winston Churchill worked to persuade Franklin Roosevelt to join in the fight. Churchill and Roosevelt had a secret summit in Newfoundland and according to Brokaw, Churchill knew that in order to convince Roosevelt, Churchill would have to touch Roosevelt’s heart. He did this by having a church service at which they sang hymns. It was a powerful time and they connected in a way they hadn’t before then.
Music has the power to touch our hearts and bind us together. When we sing songs as a congregation, we affirm that we believe the words we’re singing together — that we share a common faith.
Here’s a link to an article and Churchill’s description of the service.
Here’s the hymn “For those In Peril on the Sea” (also known as “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”).
I came across this article yesterday, and I wanted to share it. It’s written by Keith McCracken and he reflects on how he was impacted by his father’s joyful singing in church. The main sound we hear during congregational singing should be voices. Our own voice and the voices of those around us.
It also made me think about the importance of singing a variety of music in church. He speaks about hearing his father’s voice as an “echo” when he sings the older hymns. What echoes from the past do we miss when we only sing contemporary songs?
I love what he had to say to dads in his closing paragraph,
“Please sing like you mean it on Sunday morning. I am not asking you to “fake” anything… but rather embrace the very meaning these songs were written for. Seek to express your joy in your Savior Jesus Christ by singing in response to what he has done for you, and in agreement with the truths imbedded in these songs. Neither am I encouraging you to do this specifically for your children’s benefit but first for yourselves with the added comfort of knowing how much it will affect your children. I am simply encouraging you to worship in spirit and in truth. Sing strong because that is what God wants from you. Trust God to bless your children with the echo.”
See the whole article here. And try to overlook the crazy apostrophe in the title of the article. 🙂