Sing Your Prayers

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sing Your Prayers

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, June 17, 2018, the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. A Tempo sermon series.

Texts: Isaiah 49:8-13, Colossians 3:16-17


“Those who sing pray twice.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard here and there for years, but never knew where it came from until this past week when I discovered—lo and behold—it is adapted from some words of Saint Augustine!  Y’all are going to start thinking I have some kind of obsession with the fifth century Bishop of North Africa!  After a little research, it seems Augustine’s point is that singing adds an extra dimension to a text—that words sung rather than spoken express a depth of emotion that cannot be conveyed otherwise.


This idea that song conveys meaning is a very ancient concept. Many of you know that [...]