In today’s sharing, Ephesians 5:15-20, Paul encourages us to be filled with the Spirit. ‘To sing words and tunes of the psalms and hymns when you are together and go on singing and chanting to the Lord in your hearts, so that always and everywhere you are giving thanks to God who is our Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ’.
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Many of you today will attend Mass or a Church service and will sing together with those gathered in worship. And you don’t have to be the world’s greatest singer. There is something very powerful about a congregation singing together. It’s inspirational and unifying. Studies have revealed that singing together (not only in Church of course) has a physiological effect as well supporting our wellbeing and moods. Our faith tradition engages our body, soul and spirit. St Paul knew that.
Last week I was practicing with a group of people for an event called ‘Breakthrough’ led by the ‘Auckland Catholic Charismatic Renewal’ and the ‘Jesus the Good Shepherd prayer group’. The concert was yesterday. I could give you a little fake news and tell you the event was a resounding success but as I write this, the event hasn’t happened yet. If the practice was anything to go by, it would have been a resounding success. I found myself delighting in being with and singing together with so many people of faith. I am very grateful for the invitation.
As someone who loves to sing, thanks St Paul for your encouragement. May you be blessed, uplifted and encouraged by your singing today.
Listen and sing along with Psalm 92, ‘It is good to give thanks to the Lord’ from my latest album ‘Making Music to Your Name’.