Mozart was once asked to identify the most beautiful moment in music. “The pauses,” he replied. My Dad reflected on this quote from the great composer by writing in a book that pauses are “those momentary interludes of silence when sound can work its magic in the chamber of the heart.” Handel knew what Mozart knew – that there was great power in the silence of a pause. I have sung and heard the “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel many times, but the part that moves me is always the rest – or silent pause – right at the end before the final “Hallelujah.”
In the hustle and bustle of December, the season of Advent calls us to experience some of these silent pauses in our lives. We are encouraged to walk the way of Zechariah (Luke 1:8-23) during this season of Advent to find some silence in our busy, noisy lives. In this silence we can listen for the voice of God. How is that going for you this week?
Remember, Mozart knew that on either side of the silent pause there was music. Advent is a time for silent communion with God. It is also a time for singing and rejoicing!
The next two Sunday nights we have wonderful opportunities to have our hearts stirred by music. This Sunday night, December 4, our children will be singing for us. Join us in the Sanctuary at 6:30 for their program called “And the Stars Sang.” Preschoolers through fifth graders will be leading us with their singing.
On Sunday night, December 11, the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra will present Christmas at First Baptist featuring “The Many Moods of Christmas” by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. This special program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be a wonderful opportunity for you to invite friends and family from the community to join us on that night.
“Silence is golden,” they say. Advent is a good time to experience the Story of Wonder in reflective, prayerful silence. But don’t forget the music! I like what Victor Hugo said. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”
With much gratitude to all of our hard-working musicians . . . let the music begin!