Music is a vital part of just about any church. Singing is an expression of faith that I hold in high regard. Singing is how we are all equipped to love and worship God. But singing isn’t the only musical expression of love and worship. Psalm 150 comes to mind when thinking on this.
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Sunday, July 14, at 4:00 p.m. we can Praise God with pipe, actually a whole lotta pipes! We welcome back Music Director Emeritus, James Thrash. Jim will play our wonderful Schantz organ as part of the Memphis Chapter of the American Organists Guild summer recital series. What venue could be better? I hope to see many of you present to support live music making in our church, and to welcome back our dear friend Jim Thrash. This program is free and open to the public.
Just a month later we will welcome concert pianist, composer and Memphian, David Troy Francis. This recital will occur Sunday, August 11 at 4:00 p.m. I’ve known David for many years. You won’t be disappointed with his musicianship, power, and grace as he works out our sanctuary piano. This program is a pay what you can afford love offering. Recordings of Mr. Francis will be available for purchase. Learn more about this concert, David, and his gifts, at this link. https://spark.adobe.com/page/ZaRxhCOs6MJNa/
It is good to give thanks for music at GUMC. Give thanks by your presence at these two events.
GUMC Director of Music