When I was stationed in Korea back in the 1960s, I used to play the organ for
the Catholic Chaplain while he was conducting Protestant services. It was all
about helping each other.
We live in a complex society. We LDS have been taught that “the song of
the righteous is a prayer unto me.” Does that make playing for pay a form
of “paid ministry” when done for other faiths? Are we thus
“paid for praying?”On the other hand, we are under the
necessity of earning our keep in this mortal life. So, where do we draw the
line?Another question, perhaps even more complex, concerns ecumenism: Is
it of God, or men? Do LDS “corrupt” their doctrinal bases when
working with other churches on common beliefs and practices?There are more
questions than these representative ones, but I believe God is “able to do
his own work”, resolve complex questions, and accomplish His own purposes,
which we don’t always fully understand. In the meantime, I applaud efforts
to bring us together as Christians, and compliment the musicians involved,
whether they are willingly paid by the congregations they serve, or are doing it
as a charitable service.
My older sister received her BS in Music performance (:organ)from San Jose State
many years ago. While working on her MBA at UCLA she hired herself out to
perform at various churches around the Los Angeles area for extra spending
money. We had a young man in our local Ward here in Minneapolis area who got a
job at the Basilica of St. Mary for awhile (not sure if he is still there or
not), because of his exceptional organ talents. There are far more talented
organists than there are organs, it appears.Ted
We share with all other Christian churches the heritage of sacred music, which
emphasizes the words of scripture, on which we can all agree, and the inspired
legacy of great compositions, from Amazing Grace to Handel's Messiah. In
the new movie, "Heaven is for real", a recurring theme is the hymn
"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". It was included in the LDS.Hymns
before the 1985 edition, which inexplicably deleted it. The Tabernacle Choir
performs it frequently. An updated hymn book can now be published
electronically. When it is updated, let us restore that hymn and include others
that draw from the treasure house of great Christian music.
RE: shimlau, and there is nothing wrong with that. True,As long as
no one tries to proselytize. E.g.., The true gospel simply says: ‘If you
join Jesus through repentance and faith, then he will save you. VS,
“The proselytizer’s good news is that you can swap out your inferior
beliefs and community for their superior beliefs and better community.
and there is nothing wrong with that.
A former college roommate of mine who was (and still is, as far as I know)
active LDS, also played organ in Episcopal church services.Not for
cultural exchange purposes: because they would pay him. If you want to be a
professional organist, and you're LDS, you're going to have to play
for the church services of other faiths.