Inspired by the intensive biblical research for his long-running radio programme Great Christian Hymns, noted Anglican Hymnologist, Organist, and Choir Director, Karl Fuller, has written a book for spiritual reflection. Titled 40 Meditations, the publication will be launched on Thursday, March 10 at The St. Andrew Parish Church at 2.00 pm.
The Hon. Earl Jarrett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica National Group will be Guest Speaker at the Launch Ceremony.
Mr. Fuller explains that a verse or lines from selected hymns are quoted in each of the Meditations which are presented under 10 headings. These include: Adoration and Worship; God the Father; God the Son; The Christian Life and the Theological Virtues of Faith Hope and Love. He commends readers to a section titled “Ants, Birds, and Beasts,” which reflects on King Solomon’s advice in Proverbs 6:6-8: “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”
“This passage points to a work ethic that demonstrates the combined effort, diligence, and preparation to meet the heavenly king that should guide the Christian life,” he asserts.
He also cites the significance of the number 40 in the experience of God’s people in the Old Testament; and Satan’s temptation of Jesus in the wilderness which is central to the Church’s observation of the Lenten Season.
Mr. Fuller, who served for 60 years as organist at the St. Ann’s Bay Parish Church, played an integral role in the compilation of the hymnal currently used by Anglican Churches in the Province of the West Indies. He was also the Founder and Director of the St. Ann’s Bay Singers which he led for 30 years.
With respect to the book of Meditations, he says “I am the Lord’s unworthy servant, and he used me to do this.”
The book is published and printed by Press Box Printers Limited and copies will be available for sale at Church House.