My Heart and Head are Full

Sauder Hall

Sauder Hall

My heart feels, loves, and is awed by beauty;  and my head thinks;  is persuaded by logic and makes decisions. Both heart and head are full. I hope you catch what I mean.

On Saturday evening, April 12, 2014, My Joy and I went to Sauder Hall for the final rendition of the choirs of Goshen College. Soon the hall was filled with the sound of music collected from around the world, from many ages, sung by brilliant and beautiful young men and women, singing in languages unknown to me.  My heart was filled with awe at the sounds reverberating in Sauder Hall.

IMG_0879On Palm Sunday Morning, April 13, My Joy and I joined the gathering at the College Mennonite Church. No sermon, but there was a cantata for the Holy Week presented by the Adult Choir.  The lyrics were written by Susan Naus Dengler – Pastor of Worship & Music, the music was written by Lee Dengler – Pastor of Worship & Choirs. Words and music filled head and heart with reverent awe. Hear the cantata and more here.

arrogantAfter worship we separated into our usual groups.  Borderlands had a “one on one.”  The rules allow each member to speak for a minute unquestioned. In my minute I told about a book I am rereading. It was written by Rachel Held Evans and titled “Faith Unraveled: How a Girl who Knew all the Answers Learned to Ask Questions.” She learned that only a faith that evolves can survive.

A member of Borderlands who might be the brainiest among us told of a distress call from his wife. She told him she was lying with broken bones in a mud puddle.  He learned what it means to be a care giver, and he gained a new understanding of the church as a caring community. I think his heart was full.

IMG_0884At noon My Joy and I joined my family in celebrating the eleventh birthday of Samantha, a great granddaughter. There were ten of us. It helped fill the heart.

At 4:00 p.m. I joined CMC’s members’ meeting. By a 100% affirmative vote the congregation renewed Pamela Yoder’s place on the pastoral team. We learned that 456 was the average number who worshiped in person in the sanctuary through October, 2013. More, we learned of data showing that approximately 1000 persons also participated by radio, television, or a live stream through the internet.  Table groups shared on ways to improve the impact of the electronic media.  Heart informed the head.

FriesenNew Perspectives on Faith met that evening to hear guest speaker Lauren Friesen, David M. French Professor of Theatre (emeritus), University of Michigan. He presented: “Between Steeple and Stage: The Quest for Common Ground.” As the Old Fool understood him, Friesen argued that a drama presenting Biblical truth might be offered to the community instead of a Sunday morning sermon given to the church.  It seems to the Old Fool that a cantata on a Sunday morning was a step in the right direction for College Mennonite Church.  My head and my heart are full.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to My Heart and Head are Full

  1. Judy Stoltzfus says:

    thank you Uncle Martin for giving me the privilege to listen to your Palm Sunday Service on line. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was very moving. A high light of my day before Easter!.
    Thank you ,

  2. Sara Alice Zimmerly says:

    Hey, Martin.
    Are the crocus by the church out blooming, and the softly fragrant lily-of-the-valley by the bookstore doing their spring thing?
    Thank you for sharing the concert and the College Mennonite Church worship time. Amy and I enjoyed it this afternoon. The Lord is risen. SaraAlice and Amy where bright blue jacaranda trees stand, and our church will sing praise with you in the morning.

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