Ephesians 5:18-20 from The Message (MSG):
Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
We Sing to New Horizons
We are singing today,
and these are spiritual songs that bind us together.
We hear the hymns and bright carols,
and our faces now are bright as we are together.
These melodies are in harmony, and
we are synchronized as spiritual brothers and sisters.
My horizon does widen too, as it did when
I sang these hymns with my sister and mother.
Many years past, we sang together each night, and
faces glowed and spirits soared.
In those days when I was a boy, I
missed that our small band was part of this grand holy church.
Our bodies, young and smooth, strong and lithe,
We were members of the body.
Large or small, each band–each choir–sings,
a tiny part of the church, a tiny organ of the Body.
Radically in love,
we join in hymns today.
Some as nightingales, some crows, but
we sing as one.
The music lifts us high.
We are connected, loving,
our music crystal-clear today.
Diverse in our voices, we
sing to new horizons this day,
all this year.
(C) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, December 28, 2012