Tomorrow, GPC is again joining the annual Rally for Niger. For six years, we have gathered one Saturday in October to raise money for the schools of the Remember Niger Coalition. This year will be special, as we raise money for the Hamsa Center, an educational center opening in Tahoua that will give girls a center of their own to learn, and a chance to come back to education after they have been excluded. Educational and literacy rates are some of the lowest in the world for women in Niger, and the Hamsa Center will help Nigeriens take one more step in bridging the educational divide. Our goal is to raise $5000 —money that will go incredibly far in Niger, one of the poorest countries in the world.
At our staff meeting this week we thumbed through the very outdated GPC photo directory from 2010. Lots has changed in eight years— births, deaths, graduations, marriages, moves, and plenty of new haircuts! All of the photos are memorized with that famous blueish gray background that only church photo directories can pull off.
I can visualize our family photographs from church photo sessions from the 80’s and 90’s with varying stages of enthusiasm or resistance to the experience. You might be asking yourself why GPC is embarking on this rather quaint practice. First of all, many faces and families have joined our church in the last eight years and we need an update. Second, we are not a small community and so having a place to reference names and faces is extremely helpful. But most importantly, the collection of photographs is a mosaic of the body of Christ here in this place. These are the names and faces of those who find a faith home in our midst, those who are learning about Jesus, those who are committed to this Christian community. Each photograph tells a story of a faith journey and collectively our directory is part of our witness to those who will follow after us. For 238 years, the witness of Georgetown Presbyterian Church has been to God’s love for the world and faithfulness to all generations. We are proud to be part of that legacy!
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I’ve always loved time lapse videos, especially those depicting occurrences in the natural world that otherwise unfold too slowly to be readily apparent. A flower opening to full bloom in seconds, clouds racing quickly across the skies, stars seeming to rotate in the sky as the earth moves through space.
This week, with the beginning of the “Born, United, Sent” series, we’ll commence a kind of musical time-lapse, moving through more than a millennium of musical development in just 18 weeks. We start this Sunday with monody, a single chant melody sung in unison. This was the music that threaded through the worship of the early Christian church for hundreds of years. Gradually, simply at first, other voices were added to these single melodies. As the flower opened, Renaissance polyphony blossomed, followed by the intricate counterpoint of the Baroque, the elegance of the Classical galant style, the drama and individual expression of the Romanticists and the mystical, sonic and harmonic explorations of the 20th and 21st centuries. As it often does, creativity in one area motivated technological developments: music notation, the printing press, increasingly sonorous and refined musical instruments.
If creating and disseminating beautiful sacred music is a worthy goal, and I happen to think it is, it’s a metaphor for what is needed when we want to spread any good idea, and it follows the contours of the “Born, United, Sent” series itself: make something beautiful, develop it in collaboration with others, then work to spread it beyond your own boundaries.
I look forward to experience this musical time-lapse journey together.
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