As winter recedes with the days getting longer and lighter there are many promising signs of the good things to come. As it says in the Song of Solomon:
‘For behold the winter is passed; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.’ (Songs 2.11-12)
It is our sincere hope and prayer that as this winter season passes the time of singing will return as we begin to worship together after lockdown. We will never again take for granted the privilege and joy of singing together in church and out of church. Never could we have imagined in a month of Sundays that we would be banned from singing!
I am looking forward to making the announcement that ‘the time of singing has come’ after such a long-time of abstinence. Our musical differences and tastes will fall away. We probably won’t care too much about the song, what will matter is that we can open our mouths and proclaim the glory of the Lord with ‘hearts and hands and voices.’
In preparation for the big day of vocal celebration I am just arranging for the church organ to be tuned but I would like your help in the form of some hymn suggestions. In fact, I would like you to email me your top 4 hymns for us to return to singing with. I will prepare a top 10 or 20 from your suggestions so that we are ready to hit the ground singing.
In the mean time we will have to sit out our virtual or ‘physical’ church services in monastic silence relying on the Rectors phone music library for the sounds. Needless to say, all our arrangement including the return to song are in the air until we get the go ahead from No 10. Until then the voice of the turtle doves will have to suffice and we can practice our hymnody in the bath with the loofah as a microphone if we so wish!
Rev Dr Christopher Noble – Rector
St Mary’s Stansted with Fairseat and Vigo