On Sunday 16th October we welcomed hundreds of singers who contribute so much to the worship and liturgy of the Church from churches across the Diocese and region.
As we celebrated the gift and ministry of music around the Diocese we were minded to rejoice at the very rich tradition of choral music which sits at the heart of our own liturgical tradition. The missional impact of Anglican choral music is well documented and we have been greatly blessed through the ministry of so many musicians at the Cathedral over the years.
There is much that we can and rightly should give thanks for.
However, there are many challenges ahead of us. In a fast moving culture, and in the midst of such great change in the structures and practices of the Church, it is vitally important that we reflect and share the missional impact of our choral tradition.
So we share with others (for whom it may be something of a cultural mystery) that this is a vital way not just of nourishing the faith and life of a strong Christian community, but also a very significant way of drawing people to reflect on their own engagement with the Gospel and their particular response to God’s love.
So let us sing God’s praise with confidence and hope. Let us also share the good news of how many people encounter something of God’s transforming love in the wonder of the music we sing.
The Revd Canon Christopher Burke
Vice Dean and Canon Precentor