From our ClergyLast edited by webmaster on 22 April 2017 - 10:44pm
This month - from our Vicar - the Revd Paul Mason May 2017
In my letter last month I was telling you about the funds my family and I were hoping to raise in memory of my wife, Sue, for research into treatments for Lymphoma at the Christie. We haven’t got a final total yet but it looks likely that the total raised will be nearly £5,000. This has far exceeded our expectations and I want to express a huge thank you to all who contributed in any way. The generosity of so many people, including many from here Holmes Chapel, has been very humbling and inspiring. My hope and prayer is that it will help future Lymphoma patients to find healing.
This month we are holding our Music Festival. This has been inspired by our musical director, Wendy Macdonald, and is the second such weekend. You might wonder what a music weekend has got to do with church and faith. I could turn that round and ask what has church and faith got to do with music? I would contend that church and faith are to do with life – all of life, not just an hour’s service on a Sunday morning. Music is a huge part of most people’s lives. It is the most accessible of all the art forms. Not everybody is into art, or sculpture, or the theatre, or literature, or poetry, or dance, or architecture but virtually everybody appreciates music. The arts are unique to humans in the created world. They are a reflection of God in the sense that God is a creative God. The first sentence in the Bible says ‘in the beginning God created’.
The dictionary definition of art says: Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
No one can argue that music has both beauty and emotional power. That is true of classical music but also true of pop music. Why is pop music so popular with young people? There is no doubt that it a part of youth culture but it impacts on their developing emotions and they seem to listen to it almost nonstop. Music is powerful. It has the power to make us laugh, to dance, to clap, to march, to conduct, to cry, to make is feel alive. It is a sublime gift that is so easy to take for granted. Our weekend celebrates that gift of music. That gift is something we as Christians use to give to God in our worship. For centuries music has been at the heart of worship. Sometimes our services can be too wordy. Sometimes it is good to have silence. Sometimes we need music to express ourselves. At St. Luke’s we are able to offer that worship in another work of art – our church building. What a thing of beauty. How fortunate are we to worship in such a beautiful environment.
Lots of music will be heard and played over the weekend climaxing in a service of music – Songs of Praise - on the Sunday morning at 10.00am. I do hope you are able to join us some time over the weekend as we celebrate the wonder of music and the wonder of God.
Your friend and Vicar