Each month a different member of the Trinity congregation prepares a few words which we hope that you will find interesting and thought-provoking.
Saved by Singing
For me, as a Methodist, a service of worship has singing as a vital ingredient, and though I cannot sing as once I was able, that does not stop me raising my voice in praise and thanksgiving (pity those who stand around me!!). Alas, the Government has advised there should be no singing in churches because it may cause the spread of the virus; note it is guidance on legislation! However, many of you will have recently seen on television an experiment to test if that is the case, and it concluded it was no more likely to spread the virus than loud speaking!
For so many singing in choirs, or choral groups, or in a congregation is a wonderful therapy lifting the spirit and inspiring us to face the trials and tribulations of life.
During WWII the brave townspeople of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon answered the call of the local pastor Andre Trocme and his wife to offer Jewish refugees refuge on their windswept plateau known as ‘La Montagne Protestante’. The refugees hid during the day in the forest surrounding the town, and then, when it was safe for them to emerge, the villagers sang songs to let the Jews know it was safe. Just one element of those brave folk’s actions that helped to save some three thousand Jews from almost certain death. The brave villagers did it knowing that their actions might lead to their own imprisonment or worse!
Perhaps we need a bit more courage in the face of this virus, after taking all appropriate safety measures with social distancing, singing into one’s hymn-book and seeking to ensure as much air is flowing through the church building as possible. The Government health advisors have said it is vital for children to get back to school, not merely to be educated but to socialise and save them from mental illness; perhaps, the same applies to attending church services for the sake of a our spiritual well-being!
Let us, with King David, say ‘I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress’.
Rev’d John Whittle