In Tune

We had the good fortune to be given two tickets to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. So we joyfully went off to Eastman Theater and found ourselves in the newly renovated space. We realized it has been far too long since we had attended a concert. We noted the improved lighting, acoustics, and sound system.

As is normal when the various musicians came on stage to their places they got out their instruments and practiced bits and pieces of the program. As more and more musicians were seated there was an increasing cacophony and clash of sound. It was almost too much. Then the concertmaster came on stage and she gave the tuning note and each tuned to the given note. There was instrumental silence until the conductor with a flourish started the first piece on the program. And from these same people who minutes before had produced arrhythmic dissonance now came the beauty of orchestral sound.

This person we call the conductor does more than wave his arms – he become the means for these people to work together to produce music which is able to communicate

beyond words and worlds. The conductor has the vision of the way to bring those disparate instrumentalists, and sounds together in order to create a harmonious whole. Through the conductor they became a community in which each member contributed to create the music.

Ideally the church should function in the same way. Through Christ we become a community n which our gifts are nurtured, invited and channeled so that we contribute to the harmonious result which is greater than the sum of the individual contributions.  The work of individuals is critical to the success but only when the individual is willing to allow Christ to provide the vision and inspiration.


About don

The Rev Don Hill is an Episcopal priest, rail fan and writer. He and his wife the Rev. Dr. Nancy Woodworth-Hill are currently Co-Pastors of St Paul's Episcopal Church, Jeffersonville IN, in the Diocese of Indianapolis. They also work as parish consultants in Appreciative Inquiry, strategic planning and spirituality development for parishes and vestries.
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