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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – August 3, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – August 3, 2023

Dublin, Ireland
In the Cathedrals

By Jodie Montgomery

It sounds so excitingly romantic to be on tour in Europe and providing music for whomever the audience, in Cathedrals throughout Great Britain and Ireland. What you don’t consider is canceled opportunities and dependence on instrument rentals. You may leave feeling you wish you could have sounded better or sang more. You wonder what those within hearing felt regarding the selection of music composed with a hope of glorifying God, Creator and Lord.

Thankfully, in one cathedral, a gentleman told one of our members that he was from Dubai and had never heard anything that made him feel as he did in that moment. He wanted to know more about the lyrics and the meaning of our praise. His excitement affirmed our mission. The music was different from the show tunes and pop songs other groups were performing in the cathedrals.

There were other differences about our group too. I remember laughing when a tour guide told us to try to not stand out in the cities as pickpockets would readily identify us as tourists, easy targets. There were 70 of us traveling together, usually wearing short sleeve pastel polo shirts in 50 to 60-degree weather, and nametags on lanyards provided by the tour guides. I hoped to share the gospel with whoever decided to get close enough to pickpocket me. This group was a joy to travel with, I trust that stood out as we ventured from place to place together.

I spent a lot of time during rehearsals for the real musicians looking at the furnishings, stained glass, and artwork in the cathedrals. Stained glass preserves many of the Biblical stories. It is a medium that has endured the test of time and valued even by the unbeliever such that, in many places, it is spared destruction. Stained glass is highly dependent on light to clearly bear the beauty of the story. Stained glass works can be massive in size, amazing in their vulnerability and yet durability.  Every storyteller should be as gentle a listener as the glass works are strong in their proclamation of truth that endures while also being dependent on the Light.

Acts 17:19-21 “And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

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