“Sing to the Lord a new song, * for he has done marvelous things.”
From sermon4kids.com: “. . . When something good happens, you are happy and when something bad happens, you are sad. Do you think Jesus wants you to be happy? Listen to what Jesus said in our Bible reading for today, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” (John 15:9, 11 NLT) Does that mean that nothing bad will ever happen in your life? No, of course not, but even when you are sad, you can still have joy in your heart because you know that Jesus loves you. ”
Scripture: May 6, 2018—Acts 10:44–48; 1 John 5:1–6; Psalm 98; and John 15:9–17.
Collect: O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Reflection: In our Gospel lesson this week, Jesus speaks of his extreme love for us, calls us his friends, and says that he makes known to us everything that he hears from God. How does thinking of Christ as our friend and lover—or Lord and Master—affect our daily living?
Image: “Ruby Green Singing” by James Chapin
Sunday School 9:15 am
Ear Worm: “Come on, children, let’s sing” by Mahalia Jackson; “The praise song” by Yonnick Adolph (a little Caribbean); “Make a joyful noise“, kid rap; “I’m gonna sing when the spirit says sing“, a capella; special music—the many ways to sing “Amazing Grace”: (i) Chris Tomlin; (ii) Celtic Women with bagpipe introduction; (iii) Michael Smith, accompanying himself on the piano; (iv) Il Divo, a capella; (v) Leann Rimes, unaccompanied.
Ma Rainey: The blues help you get out of bed in the morning. You get up knowing you ain’t alone. There’s something wise in the world. Something’s been added by that song. This be an empty world without the blues. I take that emptiness and try to fill it up with something. ~August Wilson
The story behind “Amazing Grace”;
“Chanting” from Whistling in the Dark by Frederick Buechner:
“It is a form of high-church Popery that is supposed to set mainline Protestant teeth on edge. It shouldn’t. . . . When a prayer or a psalm or a paSsage from the Gospels is chanted, we hear the words . . . in a new way. We remember that they are not only meaning but music and mystery. The chanting italicizes them. The prose becomes poetry. The prosaic becomes powerful. . . .” (p. 26)
Let’s consider the impact of music on our lives and the kinds of music we listen to.