As an organist, my goal is to enhance Scripture with the world of sound, for worship surely leads us to a more profound understanding of God’s Word.
Today’s Old Testament reading is known by many as the story of David and Goliath. The parable teaches that all people, great and small, will find strength in faithfulness to the Lord.
Today’s prelude was written for St. Augustin Church in Paris. Large churches in France have two or more organs: a large main organ in the west gallery and a smaller choir organ in the chancel. The piece depicts a grand dialogue between “big” and “small” organs, representing the battle between David and his adversary.
The offertory is inspired by Verse 4 of Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil.” The piece represents the journey through the valley with an omnipresent walking base line, and a large crescendo that represents the swell of strength God grants us when facing our fears.
Nicolaus Bruhns wrote two praeludia in e minor. Because of their contrasting length and difficulty, one is referred to as “the lesser” or “the little” praeludium. Today’s postlude is known as “the great” or “the giant” praeludium in e minor. Althought it is baroque in form, its harmonic and rhythmic structure is striking, creating an inner battle between rhythm and beat, harmony and dissonance.
When we sing hymns, we join our voices in collective praise and worship. Our hymns, like my organ music, act as an expansion of Scripture. Each hymn we sing today focuses on finding strength through God, as David did. It is my hope that our faith in God will be strengthened through musical offerings and meaningful worship each and every time we gather together.