1. Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass with Jason Hilliard perform "The Dirge and The Dance"
By: Jason Hilliard & Joe Phelps
2. "Jonah and The Big Fish" Sally Lloyd Jones; Matthew Hilliard, Micah Hilliard, Ted Jones, Readers
3. "The Great Missionary" Jonah 4; Pastor Jason Hilliard
“THE DIRGE AND THE DANCE”
If a picture paints a thousand words, then music is certainly worth millions! This composition is my cathartic gift to God in humble gratitude for his countless and continued mercies in my life. I am grateful to my good friend, Joe Phelps, for his contribution to the piece. Joe composed the organ and percussion parts (and edited my chicken scratch into a readable score). I am honored that Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass were willing and able to join me on this special occasion and I am especially grateful to Dick Grillo for his cooperation in helping to make it happen.
The Dirge and The Dance is an aural presentation of Inaugural Eschatology in the individual Christian life. The melancholy and somber melody of TAPS represents our enemy, death, while John Newton’s triumphant hymn, Amazing Grace, signifies our Christian hope of new heavens, new earth, resurrected bodies and the conferring of immortal life as joint heirs with our savior, Jesus Christ.
Listen to the battle between the competing melodies of death and life. We are born in sin and have no hope apart from Christ. We yearn for something grander and we see evidence of it in the lives of souls around us, but death is in our nature. As we become more intrigued by the vision of life in Christ, we see it more clearly in the lives of family, friends, loved-ones and others. Finally, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we grasp Christ’s outstretched hand and life is never the same again. But the battle is not over! We live in the time between the establishment of Christ’s kingdom and his future consummation of it. Death and sin continue to beckon us, appearing unexpectedly at times, luring us to return to the self- dependency of our former lives. But, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit, we are continually being made new and are drawn closer into communion with our heavenly father. The dirge of our life becomes a dance!
Some day soon, Christ will return and all things will be made new. He will defeat death once and for all, consummating his eternal kingdom, of which, with him, we are princes and heirs.