I live in New York City. This is a noisy place. Sirens, car horns, people talking at the top of their voices. There is no peace or quiet in this city. Last Sunday I attended a funeral service for one of our pastors. The church was crowded and noisy. People greeting each other, laughing and talking while the viewing was going on. Culturally, this was shocking to me, because I was taught to be quiet and reverent in church. To be silent and contemplative has escaped us. It would seem that we have lost our voices as we depend more and more on isolation communication methods like texting, facebook, messenger and other communicative devices . When we meet each other in a group, we become loud and effusive. The silence of respect, dignity and is lost.