This musing is going to be a little different from my others. It’s is going to be more reflective or personal. For the past 10+ years, I have sung in the choir at my church – Kingston Springs United Methodist Church in Kingston Springs, TN. If you are interested, I sing bass and love it.
Our choir director is Julia Rich who is a gem and performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for years. Her late father was a United Methodist preacher who served in the Middle Tennessee area for years.
One of his stops was Tulip Street United Methodist Church in East Nashville. Tulip Street was founded in 1859 with the building started in 1860 and finishing after the Civil War. The architecture of the outside is beautiful and the inside is stunning and cathedral-like. But, like many of these old churches, the neighborhoods are changing, people are changing how and where they worship. With an average worship attendance of somewhere around ten, the decision was made to close this grand ole church.
Like any good Methodist, when faced with a crisis – they decided to eat. Seriously, a Homecoming/Last Service was planned where former pastors, members, and staff were invited back to celebrate the church to celebrate its history. Our choir director was asked to come and sing since her father was pastor at Tulip Street, and she then volunteered to bring us to the festivities. So we grabbed our robes and music and sang during communion as shown below. [In case you wondering, I’m the bald dude on the back row on the far left, looking at the picture.]
Sitting and standing up there in the choir loft, my mind starting to wander – not during the sermon, of course. I started thinking about all the people who sat where I sat over the last 150+ years. What would they think about the church closing? Did they hear the same pipes/bellows clicking as the organ played?
I realized that I was part of the last choir to sing at this church. Wonder what the first choir was like? Wonder if the saints who have gone on gathered around on October 9, 2016 to watch that sanctuary once again be filled with music and people? I would like to think so. It was quite an honor to sing there and I really appreciate the opportunity.
Musing and singing with the saints
P.S. Someone recorded the service and posted it on YouTube – the choir starts at 1:22 into the video at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruQ-5ghO9wQ).
P.P.S. – You can check out the Tulip Street UMC page on Facebook for much more information. I am also attaching some pictures of the church my sweet wife took.