by Susanne Maziarz, Music Director at Neighbourhood
In our weekly staff meetings, Wayne always asks that a piece of pop music be included in the service. Whether it is a prelude or congregational song, I try to fill this request. Having secular music in a religious service is considered sacrilegious in other faith traditions.
I believe that when we sing music from our everyday lives in a sacred setting it imbues the music with depth that might be missed otherwise. Then, when we hear those songs again, we are reminded of our spiritual family at Neighbourhood and find strength and comfort in that connection.
On April 17th, the Spirit Choir joins with our Unitarian Universalist (UU) brothers and sisters from the Hamilton First UU choir to sing at their morning service in Hamilton; then, on the 24th, they will be singing with us at Neighbourhood. One of our songs, Beautiful Day, is by the Irish band U2. It celebrates the wonders of our natural world and invites us to appreciate the beauty in each moment. It is a very special event to have a 40-50-voice choir in our sanctuary. I hope you will join us!