|David and I just returned from an amazing week at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York. Our week was filled with inspirational worship services, profound lectures, superb concerts, creative art, and incredibly interesting people — all in an idyllic 19th-century setting — an American Utopia. Please allow me to share just one of the many ways we were blessed and inspired by our week at this unique place called Chautauqua.|
Every day at Chautauqua began with a worship service. The service was traditional in design with a beautifully played organ prelude, a call to worship sung by the choir, a rousing opening hymn sung by the 3,000+ member congregation, responsive readings, prayers, scripture readings, a carefully chosen and wonderfully presented choral anthem, an incomparable sermon, a moving closing hymn, and an incredible organ postlude from the classical or repertoire or one improvised on the final hymn. What a blessing it was to be a member of the Chautauqua congregation for six worship services.
Yes, I was richly blessed by being a worship participant. A participant in six prayerfully designed, carefully crafted, lovingly presented worship services. It was a balm, a joy, and an inspiration, leaving me with the knowledge that God is with me and among us every day.
Dr. Jeannine Jordan, organist, and her husband, David Jordan, media artist of Pro-Motion Music , are the creators and presenters of the dramatic story-driven organ and multimedia concert experiences, From Sea to Shining Sea, Bach and Sons, and Around the World in 80 Minutes. Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter for more intriguing and engaging articles – click here #DrJeannineJordan #OrganAndMultimediaConcert