Day 11: Lift your voices

One element of much Christian worship is music. I believe it has an amazing power to inspire and bring people together; particularly when everyone participates and sings together. Think back to the house party; we sing together at least twice a day at the meeting and sing song. Very different styles and atmospheres but it has a similar effect of unifying us.

I’m a massive fan of traditional church music, and I particularly love hymns. ‘Let all flesh keep silence’ to the tune ‘Picardy’ has to be one of my favourites. Have a listen:

This hymn is often sung at Communion services as a result of the words reminding us of the Eucharist. Here’s the text of the second verse:

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
once upon the earth he stood;
Lord of lords we now perceive him
in the body and the blood.
He has given to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

I have many fond memories of singing this at our Sunday morning church service on the summer house party. The words and tune really instil in me a sense of God’s supreme majesty and power, and make me feel humbled to be receiving the bread and wine as a symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection. For me, it’s perfect spiritual and mental preparation for taking communion, and reminding me of one of the most important aspects of my faith; that Jesus died so that our sins might be eternally forgiven.

Do you have a favourite hymn or song? Why not share it by commenting below?

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