When You Pray

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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 [...]