Connecting to our Past
Connecting to our Past
As we begin the new year and we dream about what 2018 might hold, I’m still reflecting upon the incredible music that was made this Fall, especially during the Christmas season. I’ve had numerous members of the congregation send me an email, drop by my office, or catch me in the hallway, to tell me how much they enjoyed the “Agnus Dei” concert, or how meaningful it was to them. However, I think the most meaningful comments for me were the few that I received that talked about how the “Agnus Dei” program spoke to the core of who Trinity Baptist Church is as a worshiping congregation, both now and in the decades before.
As a student of history, I began my time at TBC by researching what had come before. I read through “God’s Lighthouse on a Hill” and marveled at the names of the individuals who led in this Music Ministry over the years. It’s a literal who’s who of Baptist Church musicians and I’m just humbled to be a part of it! I watched the Living Christmas Tree programs and listened to congregation members share about what musical moments had spoken to them over the years. I spent time imagining what it must have been like to be a congregant or a Chorale member at different times throughout Trinity’s past and discovered that Trinity Baptist Church has been a church that for decades brought together the best of historical and modern church music and dared to put its own flair on it.
I think the “Agnus Dei” program did just that. It brought together diverse styles of music from chant to pop and combined spectacular instrumental forces with the voices of people of all ages. I can imagine how every Sunday could be like that and my prayer is that you will join in my excitement and be willing to explore it together. I also hope that you will commit to praying with me as we work to rediscover the voice of Trinity Baptist Church. To be sure, this won’t be an easy journey. It will mean that at times we will have to choose to set aside our own preferences, but it won’t mean that those preferences aren’t valued. I believe that we will find there is tremendous value in this sort of convergent worship expression that celebrates the best of our inherited tradition and lives into what God is doing in the here and now.
Let’s dream together in 2018 and live into what God is doing through the Music and Worship Ministry at TBC!