One of the most prominent sounds in an MCCSF worship service was the singing. Individuals sang solos, choirs sang anthems, and the community as a whole joined their disparate voices together to proclaim their hopes and bolster their faith. For many who attended MCCSF, the singing is what got them through those hard, hard times.
A full sanctuary at MCCSF, Easter 1988. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Jim Mitulski.
Left to right: Rev. Michael England, Rev. Ron Russell-Coons, and Rev. Kittredge Cherry, August 6, 1989. Photo by Audrey Lockwood. Courtesy of the Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood Collection
The contrasting styles of these two hymns reflect some differences of theology and liturgical style within Christianity that MCC congregations worked weekly to integrate. But the songs’ common themes of the sufferings of life, the inevitability of death, and questions of what lies beyond reflect how MCC congregants drew from the spiritual resources of Christian hymnody and popular theology to engage their own existential crises in the face of an epidemic.