November 6, 2018
What shall I bring? Music! Music has always been my favorite form of worship. It cuts right to the emotions and essence. Music is communal, experiential and connects us to something beyond ourselves. When we sing together, I picture our souls dancing.
Music is joyful and soulful. My first experience with Plymouth was attending a Soul Choir rehearsal. It quickly hooked me in; the music is fun and there is a clear sense of community within the group.
Music connects. Two summers ago, I led music at Camp N-Sid-Sen. The first morning, Nathan Colwell volunteered to play bass and shared that his brother Josh and friend Matt Durland would play guitar. The next thing I knew, David Guthrie and Todd Matthews joined in with their banjos and Geoff Ogle joined in with another guitar. Just like that, we had a band!
Music is ageless; it resonates with all of us. We have many examples of multi-generational musical collaborations at Plymouth – Jamie and Kyna Schilling sing duets, Mary September leads Desi M., Solomon S. and Graham M. in song, multiple generations play in the ukulele group, Ringers and Chancel Choir.
Music gives us a voice. One of the highlights for me at N-Sid-Sen last summer was singing and playing ukulele with Michaela R., Lucinda G. and India D. They are talented teens and you can observe how music helps them express themselves in a way they are truly seen and heard.
So, Plymouth, what shall I bring? Music - because music offers a form of worship which goes beyond words. Joyful and soulful, music connects and inspires us all – no matter our age. -Kristine Danzinger