Since my Bible memorization this week is a review, I thought we’d look forward to the celebration of Christmas. There are five weeks until my January Bible memorization starts, hence the five Sundays of Christmas.
Two years ago I began what I hope will be a tradition for years to come. It is something which my mother and her brother and sister did years ago. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I attended the 2011 Messiah Sing Along in Kenosha, of which someone graciously made a number of videos which they posted to Youtube. This one is of the Hallelujah Chorus.
This year’s sing along is scheduled for Sunday, December 22nd at 6 pm. Hoping to be part of it!
Back to my family tradition…it was not a community sing along which they participated in, but a Phillips Academy performance done each year in Cochran Chapel in Andover, Massachusetts. I have my mother’s score of the Messiah, which I use to sing along. In it is the program from one of the long ago performances at Phillips Academy. My aunt and uncle both sang in it that year.
There was something about sitting in a large church sanctuary filled with singers and a live orchestra and having nothing else to focus on but the music. The music is not simply the music. The music is the words. And the words of Handel’s Messiah are the Words of God, the Scriptures.
Reading at the top of each page the Scripture references hit me profoundly with the realization of what I had already known, that this is all God’s Word, ALL of it. What a privilege and a thrill to participate in the singing of God’s Word.