There is a great little article by Harvard Medical on the study of how music can heal so many things. Music Therapy is a growing field and has nothing but positive outcomes such as easing anxiety, restoring speech, reducing side effects of cancer treatment, aiding in pain relief, and improving quality of life for patients with dementia. Recently, our society has seen more devastation, destruction, and divisiveness than we ever have in our history as a country. Through all the muck and mire we not only look to God but music as well. I don’t believe for a second that God created music simply for the enjoyment and entertainment of it, but rather, for the ultimate healing it can have on our lives. Throughout scripture, we see so many ways God uses His people to bring peace and comfort to the world around them and He uses music just the same. Here at FBC, we have a strong musical history and I believe we haven’t even scratched the surface of how God can use the music in the church to reach those outside our walls. This past Sunday the choir sang a beautiful anthem entitled Something Happens. Something happens in the name of Jesus, something special and supernatural.
This coming Fall/Winter we have many unique opportunities to INVITE people we know to come and hear some healing music. Music that’s just good for the soul. Music that can take you to another spiritual level with God. On Saturday, December 2nd at 6 PM in the Sanctuary we will be hosting artist Kyle Matthews. Kyle has a rich history of great music writings and lyrics. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to tell some friends at work, your neighbors or maybe someone you pass by in the store about this amazing musical opportunity. Plus, our children will be singing, and who would want to miss children singing at Christmas time? … NOT ME! Then, on Sunday, December 17th, we will have our second annual First Family Christmas. If you were there last year, you know this morning is filled with a lot of great music of the Christmas season in celebration of the birth of Jesus. Following the service that morning, we will have a time of fellowship with a first family meal together (and there may be even some games involved!).
As we look into 2018, we have a much-anticipated event on Saturday, February 17th at 3 PM, as we host Sandi Patty and the acapella group, Voctave. This concert will include our very own Choir and Orchestra. Tickets will go on sale in early December so look out for that! As you can see, we have so many opportunities to be a church that uses music to share the love of Jesus to our community. I encourage you to INVITE, INVITE, INVITE! Invite someone who might be hurting or someone who is ill and still able to get out. Bring joy to someone this holiday season with the healing power of Jesus through music.