Music Notes

Dear FUMC,

I hope that this "Music Notes'' finds you all virus-free.  We know that this crisis will not last forever and God is with us.  My wife, Cathie, is getting a little stir crazy as she is much more outgoing and gregarious than I am.  In fact, on more than one occasion she has told me that this social distancing is right up my alley.  Yes, I have stated many times that I could actually be a hermit.  And neither of us are usually out after 10 o'clock — so Mayor Tibbs' curfew will be observed well at our house.  But both of us will be really happy to once again be able to spend time with all of you.  I know that I don't have to remind you that this week is Holy Week.  It is certainly a time to think on the sacrifice of our Lord and of the pain and humiliation he went through for us.  I really don't have a specific Holy Week hymn to quote as there are several which are of great importance to me.  However, I will suggest two or three whose lyrics you can find online.  One of these is "O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done?"  A line from this particular hymn says, "the immortal God has died for me...my Lord, my love, is crucified."  This is meaningful to me because these words remind me that Jesus was God and as God he could not die.  But as man he chose to do so for all of us.  Another hymn which I find meaningful for this week is "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross."  I believe the most poignant words from this song are, "I crucified thee."  They are chilling but true.  And finally, my mother's favorite hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross."  Let's remember a line from it. "It was on that old cross Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me."  So I welcome you to read all the lyrics of these hymns as part of your devotional time this week.  And through the observance of Holy Week, we can then appreciate a more glorious Easter Sunday.  Just because we will not physically be together on Easter Sunday doesn't mean that we will not be together in spirit.  And even though we will not be together doesn't mean that we can't actually celebrate the risen Lord and the reason that we are so blessed as Christians.  I pray that all of you have a meaningful holy week and very blessed Easter Sunday. 

God bless,
Billy