On June 10, I was in Sioux Falls speaking at the Sangerfest banquet, a gathering of men’s choirs that are part of the Norwegian Singers Association of America. I told them I would only come if I could tell stories about two of my parishioners- Ole and Sven. They said, “Ya shure!” I had a lot of fun and they all laughed at my Norskie hu-mor. Also, they thought it was pretty neat that I was from Harmony speaking to a bunch of singers. They loved the story of how Harmony got its name.
One of the serious stories I told them was of a study done in Sweden. Research-ers attached monitors to the members of a choir. As they began to sing they noticed that the members began to breathe in unison. The surprising thing to the researchers was that their hearts soon began to beat in unison. It’s true that music can bring peo-ple together in blessed harmony.
Music can touch a deep place within us. Martin Luther was an amateur musician and composer. He said that next to the Word of God, music was the most precious gift God has given us. Whether you sing or not, music is something we all appreciate.
So let’s gather for worship this summer. Let’s sing and make harmony together (or a joyful noise.) I know Ole and Sven will be here!
Pastor Rolf Svanoe