Hear How the Whole Creation Longs

Thomas H. Troeger

in Wonder Reborn

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398885
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866236 | DOI:
Hear How the Whole Creation Longs

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We are all by the very fact that we have beating hearts and vocal chords musical creatures. God has made each of us a woodwind and a drum. The chapter considers how in a culture where music is ubiquitous—in airports and stores, while using personal listening devices or waiting on the telephone—our capacity for attentive listening to the subtleties and beauties of music is diminished. There follows an introduction to basic methods of musicology that preachers can employ to create sermons based on serious works of music, both instrumental and choral, that reawaken a congregation’s capacity to listen in depth and to gain through their listening a sense of how the Spirit is praying for us in sighs too deep for words. There are illustrative sermons on the music of pipes, on works by J. S. Bach and Gabriel Fauré, and on the spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

Keywords: Bach; choral; drum; Fauré; instrumental; listening; music; musicology; sermons; Spirit

Chapter.  16144 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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