When the singing of a group of people is so heartfelt that your hair stands on end, you can sometimes catch a glimpse of what heaven will be like. When you get to accompany that same group of people, you feel truly overwhelmed. That was my reaction as I played piano (along with Shannon Murphy on organ and J. P. Galib on trumpet) for last night’s synodical prayer service at 7:30 pm. A rough estimate of the group would probably add up to about 250 attendees, mostly volunteers and delegates with their wives.
The texts of the songs resounded with the same jubilant praise expressed by the singers. We sang blue Psalter Hymnal numbers 264 (“My Heart Was Glad to Hear the Welcome Sound”), 282 (“Exalt the Lord, His Praise Proclaim”), 468 (“God of the Prophets”), 482 (“We Give Thee But Thine Own”), 240 (“Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth”), 399 (“Jesus Shall Reign”), 398 (“The Church’s One Foundation”), 479 (“I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”), and 491 (the Gloria Patri). What an experience!
More volunteer duties await me, so I’ll close here for now. But I’ve uploaded some more of yesterday’s pictures:
Also, check out Glenda Mathes’s post on the prayer service–pictures included!