Do You Hear What I Hear? 
Monday, October 17, 2005, 03:24 PM
Eastminster Presbytery came to install me as pastor yesterday. Elders and ministers gathered in worship to receive both the congregation's and my promises to the responsibilities of being pastor and people together in ministry.

I struggled with all the fuss around my installation service and reception. Good people gave up precious time to participate, some traveling hours to attend. Even my children were shocked to find out that the installation service was a complete additional Sunday service! Considering all this, I wondered if installations were really needed.

“The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said a angel has spoken to him” — John 12:29

I like the imagery of spirituality as notes in the bass cleft of life. The busy melody line gets all the attention. Just as many people believe that the melody is all that is needed for a song, non-spiritual people fit all of life into a single simple tune.

The spiritually minded hear more than the easily recognized melody. They listen for the fullness of the song. Spiritual folk find more complexity in life than what can be described by engineering blueprints or legal documents. They hear God's music in their life's soundtrack.

So, listening to the melody, the installation service is a familiar tune sung yet again. A person starting a new job is hardly a show stopper heard amidst the din of daily life. Yet, listening beyond the almost sing song recital of questions and answers...we can hear God's symphony swelling, adding purpose, depth and breath to the foreground notes of “I do” and “I will”.

Hoping to make God's beautiful music together…

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