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I Love to Tell the Story!

After the glorious music provided through Holy Week and Easter by our amazing Music Director and choristers and instrumentalists—including the hired brass—with the liturgical chant of our Rector as she celebrated Holy Eucharist on Easter Day, my mind resonates on Easter Monday with a conviction that the gospel needs to be sung out! Even by those of us who don’t have the singing chops to carry it off like our best musicians, thanks be to them!

 

No worries! There is a country song for everything, claims my half-brother who lives in Virginia, or, in this case, a gospel song. Easter Monday has me singing along with a favorite rendition of “I Love to Tell the Story,” found on You Tube here https://youtu.be/HqddWm48DnY

 

Part of the charm of this version, from the film The Apostle, is the way that Emmylou Harris carries Robert Duval in their duet. It brings to mind the narratives from the gospel of Luke of how the events on that first day went down. According to Luke, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women from Galilee with Jesus first saw and believed, and they told the brothers and the others, who disbelieved them, and took their sweet time to accept the great glorious good news. As ever, the old story, in its simplicity and profundity addresses many dimensions of the present moment! But, no matter the politics: however we come to realize it, God’s love is unfathomable. Once we accept it, then we in our turn will find ourselves singing the story—in harmony—all the time, if necessary, using words!

Blessings, Maureen

 

I love to tell the story

Of unseen things above

Of Jesus and his glory

Of Jesus and his love

 

I love to tell the story

Because I know ’tis true

It satisfies my longings

As nothing else can do

 

I love to tell the story

‘Twill be my theme in glory

To tell the old, old story

Of Jesus and his love

 

I love to tell the story

For those who know it best

Seem hungering and thirsting

To hear it like the rest

And when in scenes of glory

I sing the new, new song

‘Twill be the old, old story

That I have loved so long

                              —Alan Jackson

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