“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick
I’ve been drawn back into the church as an adult, in part, by the memories of the beautiful hymns that I sang as a child. Around Thanksgiving time, many of the spiritual songs have words of gratefulness and gratitude for the harvest and for the impending season of darkness. For without winter gloom, there would not be a fulfilling sense of renewal of spirit in spring.
Composers of yester year have created some of the most eloquent stories, through song, about the change of the seasons and the bounty of the Universe. Many hymns of blessings and praise, written decades ago, are still sung in sanctuaries today, such as –
- For the Fruits of the Garden ~ verses by Fred Pratt Green
- Oh Food to Pilgrims Given ~ words by Maintzich Gesangbuch
- Come, Ye Thankful People, Come ~ verses by Henry Alford
- America the Beautiful ~ verses by Katharine Lee Bates
- For the Beauty of the Earth ~ words by Elliot S Pierpoint
- In the Bleak Midwinter ~ words by Christina G Rossetti
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year to step inside the doors of a church. Listen to the vocal choirs, tune into the musical instruments, experience the peace and be grateful for the cozy warmth of the shelter for the body and soul.
A few weeks from now, at the United Methodist Church http://bit.ly/lAT08q in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and in other places of worship everywhere, choirs will be magnificently singing Handel’s The Messiah. Don’t miss out!
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