After 14 long months, members of our parish choir will be back in the loft this Sunday, singing! With COVID restrictions easing — masks are no longer mandatory and we can again be at 100% capacity — they will be joining us to celebrate Pentecost, the “birthday of the Church,” and the confirmations that will be held during our 11:15 Mass.

The offertory hymn is a joyful tribute to music — but it also speaks to this moment.  It is a time to come out of the Upper Room and share the Good News of God’s redeeming love at this close of the Easter season. The hymn: “With a Voice of Singing” by Martin Shaw.

The words:

With a voice of singing declare ye this, and let it be heard, Alleluia!
Utter it even unto the ends of the earth. The Lord hath delivered His people, Alleluia!
O be joyful in God, all ye lands.
O sing praises to the honor of His name, make His praise to be glorious.
With a voice of singing, declare ye this, and let it be heard, Alleluia!

Here’s a great rendition from the Detroit Lutheran Singers, via YouTube.