For TrebleFest 2016, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio; in these or other words:
Singing is a profound example of how we are made in the image of God. Whether we come to it through the science of the body, the breath drawn in and transfigured into music, just as the breath of God brought the first human to life (according to Genesis); or whether we find it through the mathematics of the intervals of sound that work together to produce beauty; or the soul of the artist, painting with sighs; there is room for everyone to come together with God in that work of creating God’s image on earth.
Whether you are the outgoing type who just has to share all your feelings and words with the people around you; or whether you are more on the shy side, hiding yourself inside the notes, letting the music speak for you, give you a voice, there is room for every image of God in the choir, in the song.
And just as we never reach the end of the image of God, so we never reach the end of the ways that music can speak to us and for us. It is a gift.
And those who sing it show us the image of God, and bless us with the image and echoes of immortality.