Over the past several months, the Worship and Music committee has been reading and discussing an interesting book entitled: Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time, by Marva Dawn. In the book, she describes various aspects of worship. In her chapter on Music in worship, she quotes one of my all time favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). (I even named my dog 'Baschi' (diminutive of Sebastian). “In all of Bach’s work- even his secular compositions-music, theology, and worship are all intertwined. On many of his compositions he inscribed the letters I.N. J. or S.D.G., which stand for “In the name of Jesus” and “Soli Deo Gloria.” All music is “for the glory of God alone,” according to Bach and for the “instruction of my neighbors.”
No where has this been more evident than in the music of this summer. Over the past month through folks’ desire to praise God, we have heard the breathtaking music of Robin Brown, Linda Habig; a beautiful duet, That’s What Love Can Do, sung and played by Kevin Plaugher and Hugh Price; and the contemplative The Gift of Love with our bell quartet who put that lovely piece together in 3 rehearsals! Melinda Lovern and the Summer choir sang the ever joyful, He Never Failed me Yet and Linda Habig and friends will close the month out with music for three flutes.
If you would like to be a part of the music at First Presbyterian, there are plenty of opportunities:
August 15, at 7pm will see the beginning of Festivo Bells’ rehearsal schedule as we prepare for one of our choir member’s upcoming wedding, and the exciting year of music making ahead.
August 21 at 4:30 pm the Youth Choir, under the direction of Joy Hire, will start, along with Carol Koch-Worrell starting the Children’s Choir up, right after church at 11 a.m.
August 25 at 7pm our Chancel Choir will begin rehearsals as they prepare to begin leading weekly worship musically on Rally Day, September 11.
On September 12 the JV Bells will start rehearsals again. This dedicated inter-generational bell choir has so much fun preparing music for the 8:30 a.m. service on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. We have four positions open in this choir. I encourage you to come be a part of fun music making with a great group of folks gathered to make music.
Come be a part of the excitement of worship and praising God!
Soli Deo Gloria