“Praise God for the blessing of corporate worship!”
The letter below is from a member of the Brentwood Hills family, describing feelings resulting from our recent “Worship in Song” on August 22. These thoughts are both insightful and encouraging:
I want you each to know how deeply moved I was by last Sunday night’s singing service. I’m not sure that I have ever experienced such a sense of true community in worship. It is no secret that Brentwood Hills is blessed to have many members with remarkable singing talent, but last week, there was a deeper loveliness to our typical blend of beautiful voices; and that was the harmony of sincere hearts pouring out our offering to God. The Spirit was moving, I believe. It was a sweet, sweet sound. We were a collection of broken souls reaching out in hope for the perfection and healing of our God.
As I sang, or should I say attempted to sing through my tears, I was encouraged as I looked around at my spiritual family - many of whom had eyes closed, or heads bowed, or heads nodding in agreement with the words - singing of their longing to be nearer, still nearer to God. I saw you who have been wounded by recent deaths in your families, you whose hearts have been torn by struggles with infertility or miscarriage, you who have been bruised over and over by battles with addictions yet continue to fight, you who have been beaten down by unfaithful or abusive earthly family members - I saw you earnestly and deliberately sing, “It is well with my soul,” and I believed you. I watched you who have bravely battled alongside your children that struggle with disability, you who have chosen to serve the poor, the lonely, the outcast, the difficult to love with your time and your hearts instead of seeking worldly fame and fortune, you who have continued to seek God in the face of burdens far heavier than any I have known, sing, “Lord, reign in me, in my darkest hour,” and I was connected to you. We were a group of equals – equally searching and equally longing for our true home.
In scripture, we are called to teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, as we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God. You did this and you do this for me. I was edified, I was encouraged, I was accepted, I was admonished, I was empowered. Praise God for the blessing of corporate worship! Thank you for reminding me that not only are we communing with God in worship, but we commune with each other, as we in one voice lift our broken hearts to the healer and lover of our souls. Thank you for helping me to truly worship.
Church of Christ
5120 Franklin Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37220
Phone: (615) 832-2541
Fax: (615) 832-2583