Music has a funny way of getting under our skin and into our heart and soul. Songs that are familiar or have a catchy tune have a pervasive way into our psyche. We've seen it before. People who don't like to dance, who can't help but tap their foot to the beat.
Rev. Richard Avery has been the music director for WPC for a little over a year now. He has a unique style- both of leading music and musical selection-one that has taken some longer to get used to than others. But, he takes his role very seriously and reverently, and sees the way music can transform an experience of God.
This past weekend we were at our annual Church Familly Camp at Loma Verde. This is one of the perks of my job...getting to go camping with whomever shows up in a very rustic and beautiful place outside of Taos, NM. The camp is called Loma Verde. Dick drove an hour and a half drive with Cindy Piatt to not only come to worship, but also to help lead the singing. As we sang familiar songs and hymns, I looked around and saw people singing, tapping their feet, patting their legs...getting moved by the spirit. It did not escalate into dancing and shouting, but we made a joyful noise to our Lord in that beautiful gathering place at Loma Verde. Thanks be to God for Rev. Avery and for music!