5 responses to Merlyn Yoder: Singing for the Ministers
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    Trish in Indiana
    Comment on Thank-you! (January 30th, 2015 at 11:31)


    Thanks for this excellent explanation of the way the singing can serve as a “thank-you”for the ministers, at the same time it is praise for God.

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    Comment on Merlyn Yoder: Singing for the Ministers (January 30th, 2015 at 11:32)

    Church singing is one of the things I miss most about Amish life. I don’t know very many former Amish people who share this sentiment with me.

    I remember sitting in church, singing along, and feeling like I was connected to my heritage through the past, the present, and the future. The past because these songs had been passed down to us from our ancestors in Europe. Four hundred years after they started singing these songs, the Amish still do. I had heard stories about people in separate prison cells singing these songs together. I could just imagine how the songs must have reverberated in some of the settings. I felt connected to the present, especially with the Loblied, because I knew that every other Amish church service that was happening at that same time, would be singing the same song at the same time. I often imagined what that sounded like in heaven. And I was connected to the future because I knew that just as these songs had been passed down through the generations, so would they continue to be.

    I will be reading the book, “Why the Amish Sing.” Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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      Comment on Merlyn Yoder: Singing for the Ministers (January 31st, 2015 at 18:42)

      Thanks for this Saloma. Reading what you shared here and Merlyn’s previous discussion of his feelings about the Ausbund gives me a glimpse of how personal and powerful church song can be for an Amish person.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Merlyn Yoder: Singing for the Ministers (January 30th, 2015 at 13:27)

    What a wonderful explanation Merlyn Yoder has given us. It truly touched my heart. I never heard about how the congregation’s singing fit into Amish church services nor how it “helps” the ministers.

    I also appreciate Saloma’s comment about missing Amish singing, and how it makes such an important connection to the past.

    There are hymns (from my Catholic past) that I still sing in my head. I remember singing them with my classmates, fellow choir members, at special church occasions like processions during Holy Week or for May Crowning (my favorite time of the church year). Thinking of their words still gives me comfort and brings back fond memories and a smile to my lips. It seems to me that when a congregation sings together, they are of “one heart”, besides being of “one voice.”

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Merlyn Yoder: Singing for the Ministers (February 2nd, 2015 at 10:55)

      Thanks for sharing Alice Mary. As an outsider hearing Amish hymns it really makes a powerful impression when the entire congregation comes in together following the Vorsinger’s lead. It does stir something in your heart even as a non-German speaking visitor. Being able to participate in song and church singing in particular is yet another thing I take for granted. What a beautiful gift.

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