Reasons to Praise God: The 10 C’s

Psalm 146    Rejoice, give thanks and sing!       9.9.18

Hallelujah!  What a joy it is to be gathered in this historic place sixty years after this Moller organ was first installed, listening to its pipes shout out praises to God.  We are grateful that so many of you who have been a part of this church family in the past are able to celebrate with us today.  We are grateful to those who made the current renovations to our organ possible earlier this year, including a special gift from the Hokusei Gakuen School System in Sapporo, Japan, with whom Hunting Ridge formed a bond in the 1950’s through a missionary school teacher named Dorothy Taylor.  At Dorothy’s insistence, our church donated an organ to their school’s chapel many years ago, and now they have made a gift toward our organ renovation project!  We are grateful to be a diverse, energetic family of Jesus who call Hunting Ridge home so that we can be Christ’s hands and feet out in the world.

Our text for today kicks off the last five psalms in the psalter which are called the “hallelujah psalms”.  Each one begins and ends with Hallelujah—when we translate the Hebrew  into English we get:  “Praise the Lord.”  How fitting for us to begin and end with Hallelujah today!  Today we praise the Lord for what God has done and will do in and through this community of faith.  Today we praise the Lord for the use of an organ which has been provided for us by our ancestors, an organ that is being preserved and cared for so that future generations will enjoy it’s sounds.

Several years ago, when I spoke with Michael Britt,  who is the organist at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian, about the need to refurbish our 1958 organ, he seriously encouraged us to not let this musical treasure go to waste by deferring necessary maintenance.  He offered to help us raise funds by giving a concert with a silent movie, which he does periodically at Brown Memorial.  Continue reading