When you work for a cutting-edge company like J.W. Pepper, you sometimes have to find new ways to reinvent the wheel. We found ourselves thinking of this as we were planning a sacred event called Christmas in July. We invited three of the best composers in the country: Joe Martin, Randy Vader and Pepper Choplin. Their music is featured on our website, including brand-new musicals with full-length sound and scores on our New Musicals for Christmas page. We also feature reading sessions of their latest works on YouTube, so we knew this day needed to be different – special.
As we planned for the event, we thought about the sacred clinic and what it has become over the years – clinical. Webster’s dictionary says that “clinic” means “the diagnosis and treatment of specific problems.” So, our goal became to take the “clinical” out of the event and make it more of a worship experience with our clinicians.
The day was hot – in the high 90s in Georgia – but inside, there was Christmas in the air. The choir was dressed in their concert attire as the congregation opened with “Silent Night” while the flickering lights twinkled merrily on the tree. Randy took us on a trip to Bethlehem where we journeyed with Mary and Joseph, and saw the star shining so bright. Joe astounded us with his talents on the piano and Pepper brought down the house with laughter. We had a wonderful meal together, sang carols in madrigal style, and listened in wonder once again to the story which never grows old, of the child who came to earth on that Christmas so long, long ago.
Instead of a “clinic” we had an event – an experience which those who attended will not soon forget. This was not just about the music, but about what the music brings to you when it is performed. For music is nothing more than notes on a page until it is heard – but once it is heard, it touches your heart and touches every emotion. Like the Psalms, it brings about worship. This is the future of the sacred reading session – a worship event!