FUMC Music Ministry
By: Marilyn Honea
Since love is lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?
In the most recent publication entitled Friends of Silence (March, 2016), the author recounted a narrative of a doctor who treated an entire monastery of monks for a most perplexing and incapacitating illness. Several months prior to the doctor’s visit, a new abbot had replaced the age-old practice of Gregorian chant with more modern purposeful activities. Upon discovering this change in the monks’ daily routines, he advised them to sing again. The monks’ wellbeing miraculously returned. “Unbeknownst to all, the Gregorian chant, perfectly captured by the acoustics of the monastic chapel, was an energy directly feeding not only their souls but also their bodies”. (The Wisdom Way of Knowing by Cynthia Bourgeault)
Foothills United Methodist Church has always had a strong music ministry. We have been graced with several very talented musical directors, the most recent being our beloved Carol Paton. Although the acoustics of our sanctuary may not reverberate an acoustic quality of a ‘monastic chapel’, our services are filled with auditory delights that fill us with joy and thanksgiving. This is what Foothills has always portrayed in the voices and instruments of the choir, the praise band Witness, bell ringers, children and youth choirs and Sunday recital opportunities of our young members. We have also hosted some wonderful music from our community, most recently the San Diego Master Chorale.
For the past few months, our very talented pianist/organist Glenn Ward has served as our Interim Music Director as well as performing his regular duty of ‘tickling the ivories.’ We have indeed been blessed in his many talents and the ‘music of Foothills’ has continued to delight our senses.
We do, however, face a difficult decision in choosing a new Director of Music Ministry to oversee all the wonderful musical opportunities provided at Foothills. The Staff Parish Committee and Pastoral staff are in the process of advertising and interviewing for this most integral position to our weekly worship service. If you enjoy the music of Foothills as much as I do, please direct your comments to the Staff Parish Committee in an effort to keep the highest standards possible for this important ministry. In the interim, we are indebted to Glenn for his many talents and leadership in keeping the standards of music at the forefront.
In the words of Sarah Martha Baker:
The universe is always singing, and we must listen,
So that our heart may join the universal chorus.