One of the many blessings in my life has been the gift of church music. I grew up in a family who valued music and in a church that valued music. Because I was reared in a high steeple church, I was privileged to be exposed at a young age to string ensembles, handbell choirs, professional singers, and an organist who is a professor of organ music in a prestigious university music program.
When life took me away from home, I got to experience other kinds of church music. I served a church in North Carolina which had a teenage show choir and a men’s quartet who sang southern gospel music. I served a church in a small town in West Virginia whose pianist played every hymn in a gleeful, upbeat bluegrass style. I visited a Melkite church in Zababdeh in the West Bank, who sang their entire liturgy a capella. Read more