Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August

I would like to share again the blog from one of our two worship organists, Marian Korth:
 
 "This I know."
 
     Last Thursday I went to the county jail again to play the piano for the women's worship service. After the usual worship and sharing time, the chaplain invited the women to share in communion. This is the first time I have participated in a jail service in which communion has been offered.
 
     Before we shared the bread and wine (grape juice), the chaplain asked us to go around the circle, and for each one of us to tell the group what communion means to us personally. The first woman said she didn't know what communion is. Another woman said communion makes her think about Jesus dying on the cross. The woman sitting on my right said that she never got to have her first communion. Her older sister did, but her family moved before she was old enough to have hers.
 
     When it was my turn, I said communion reminds me of how much God loves me, and that as a church organist, I'm usually playing the piano or organ during communion, and I try to play music that will prompt people to think about how much God loves them, too. One inmate piped up with "Jesus Loves Me. That says it all. I love that song. We sang it last time."
 
Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak, but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so.
 
     That reminded me of the first time I played for an old-fashioned hymn sing in a church, almost 20 years ago. I had been surprised when a 90-year-old woman called out "Jesus Loves Me" as the song she wanted us to sing. I am no longer surprised by that request. Almost every hymn sing I play for, that song is requested, by people of all ages. That song really does say it all. God loves us. "This I know."
 
The singing of Jesus Loves Me was followed by This Little Light of Mine. For those women who were raised in the church these songs are very emotional reminders that there is hope!  They are loved, forgivable and can again be a shining light. I am so grateful for the organists that help us bring these songs into the jail with such beauty in sound. peace, Julia
 
 
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