My friends, Susan and Lowell Thomas, know that I love music because very often at our mutual CrossFit box, they see me with my headset on and I have my own music playing while on the Concept2 Rower. Then there are times when I have the Mo Tab playing on the sound system when she happens to catch me at the box on my own time. So it was not surprising that I was invited to their Holy Week services that involve the choir, to which they belong at the First United Methodist Church, Montgomery, Alabama.
Between my husband’s work and his duties as the Bishop, a lay minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Capitol Ward, we figured we could attend the Friday night service as our date night. But an unfortunate incident changed several things in our schedule so we were able to attend the Maundy Thursday service instead. (That is the one I particularly wanted to see.)
We attended the 7 p.m. service. The music provided by the choir was absolutely uplifitng. The acoustics in the sanctuary were marvelous. The program readings and recitations were very nice too. The quotes were taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible.
After the members of the congregation had been offered the communion they were able to go out to the garden area for meditation. We declined the invitation for the communion and chose to wait until the choir had finished singing before we simply moved on to the garden.
What we loved and appreciated about the service was the sincerity with which it was delivered. The lovely voices of the choir with the perfect selection of music to sing praises to our Savior, Jesus Christ – The Prince of Peace, was very touching. There was a sweet peace in the sanctuary as the music filled the air.
Even though we are of different denominations, we share a love for our Elder Brother, the Savior of Mankind, Jesus Christ.