When You Pray
A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC January 29, 2017, the fourth Sunday after Epiphany.
Texts: Psalm 139:1-18, Matthew 6:5-15
I once heard it said that the human heart “syncs” to the rhythm of a drumbeat. That same teacher suggested that when a drum is played in community, the outcome is that the hearts of those gathered start to beat with the same rhythm. It’s a cool concept. When I did a little research, I discovered that the science is debatable. But regardless, it makes sense to me based on experience. Music and rhythm can have a powerful unifying effect among us. A good dance beat makes the human body want to respond. And the even, slow, steady beat of a drum (used for centuries as part of tribal chants and prayers) settles the human body into a kind of centered attention. The science may be iffy, but evidence in community makes me think there’s something to the idea that rhythm affe [...]