God gave us a unique voice. It’s one of the most identifiable parts of who we are. Hearing someone’s voice gives us a lot of information about them. Just by the tone of someone’s voice, we can often tell if they are sick with a cold, if they just woke up, if they are in a good mood or feeling sad. A person’s voice is a large part of a person’s identity. It’s with our voice we are able to say, “Yes, in faith I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.”
When we attend worship together we are able to hear God’s voice through his Word. His teaching is proclaimed through the Pastor’s sermon, and also through the hymns that we sing together. We all get to use our voices to sing the song of salvation. I believe it’s a huge blessing and gift from God that he gave us music and voices to join together to sing as a group of believers.
Voices of the Saints
This weekend we will celebrate All Saints Day in church and I’m reminded about all the voices that have gone before us and died in faith. I recently heard a recording of my grandmother who passed away many years ago and I instantly knew it was her. I didn’t need to see her face, the instant I heard her voice I knew who it was. Those voices of the saints taught us who Jesus was and about God’s plan of salvation. God used His Holy Spirit and those voices to teach us about His word. Those voices confessed the Creeds and prayed the Lord’s prayer that we still speak together each Sunday. We are part of the line of voices of the saints throughout time and we look forward to a time when Christ will come again and raise those who died in faith.
Finally, I pray that we all strive to listen to Jesus’ voice throughout our life so that it may become as familiar to us as hearing our earthly parent’s voice. Seek out Jesus’ voice, share his voice with your children and grandchildren. Teach the faith and pass on the story that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Director of Music and Worship