Magazine article Pastoral Music

Let God and Let Go

Magazine article Pastoral Music

Let God and Let Go

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Early in my ministry I was worried and unsure how to balance good parenting with effective pastoral music ministry. During one particularly crowded Sunday morning liturgy, the nursery was closed. My 3-yearold son and 6-month-old daughter sat with my wife and me while we led the music.

As we sat down for the first reading, my wife left for the back of church to comfort the baby. After the first reading I stood, reverenced the altar, approached the ambo, opened the book, and prepared to sing the psalm. I felt a tug on my sleeve. "Daddy!..Daddy!" I looked down and saw my son next to me with imploring eyes and a look on his face that said: "Where did you go? I want to come, too!"

My concern about distracting the assembly overrode the urge to give him fatherly discipline. I instinctively lifted him up, just in time to intone the refrain of the psalm. Fascinated by the people, the singing, and the gestures, he was caught up in the moment and started to sing along with me. …

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