How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?
– Psalm 137:4 (ESV)
This verse from the psalms has always stuck out to me. As a musician, worship leader, and a follower of Jesus, I often wonder how we should sing. It’s a question I ask myself a lot. How should we, as Christians in an increasingly secular society, sing praise to God when the world around us thinks that worship is benign at best and foolish at worst. Because as Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith puts it, “we are exiles, and hymns are the songs of home; homesickness is the basic condition of fallen humanity”.
So this is a personal blog devoted to discussions on that subject (and a few other things). I enjoy sharing here my love for christian worship, liturgy, theology, music, art, architecture, poetry, and why you should love it too.
In case you don’t know me, my name is Adam Kurihara. I am a worship leader and choral conductor. I love Jesus, and it was Bach who has shown that to me the clearest.
I work as Director of Worship and Community Life at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, MA.
When not making music, I enjoy cooking, writing music, biking, hiking, and playing board games.
When I grow up I want to infuse my talent in music with my heart for worship to renew music, liturgy, and corporate worship in the Protestant church. This blog is dedicated to discussion on that subject.