Circle of Faith

Have you experienced the power of music in teaching faith? I see it every week through weekly chapel lessons with our Weekday School children. For them, music is a key to opening their hearts to faith. Older children know the songs we sing each week and the younger children quickly learn them. Woven in and through each song are deep theological truths that they may only appreciate when they are much older.

Teaching adults through music is much more complex, just as our faith and music appreciation becomes more complex through maturity. Yet as I learned in seminary, deep theological truths can be readily taught through singing for we will often express through song truths we are not ready to admit as logical treatises.

piano with handsAlthough, at least during my tenure, the teacher we will honor this week would not include singing among her gifts. Yet we could readily substitute the name of this teacher into Paul’s praise of a teacher to the church at Collosae.

This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow servant.
He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf,
and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. — Colossians 1:7-8

The result of this gifted teacher is that we continue to grow in faith, week after week, year after year, generation after generation, so that we will continually bear more and more fruit for the sake of the gospel and the Christ’s Church.Grow-sapling_640

You will have to attend worship with Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church on Sunday, July 10th at 10 am to learn more about this very special teacher and her gift that inspires us to grow in faith.

Robert Shaw, Pastor