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Feb 22, 2010 9:50 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Just recently our Music Minister decided to retire. Was this to be the end of music in the church? Nope! We've gotten a new Music Minister - he's an undergraduate in the Music Department of our city's University.

We created a committee of three from the Choir to choose our music.
We have several parts that music has to fill:
1. Introit
2. Children's Hymn (something they want to sing, and appropriate for the age - we usually repeat the same piece for several weeks, so the youngest ones can remember it)
3. Two hymns during the service
4. Anthem (sung by the choir, and generally new to the congregation from a seperate music source)
5. Offering (short)
6. Affirmation (short)
7. Recessional (short)

Some of these can change by season and some are repeated for the entire season (Easter, Lent, Christmas)
This forum is meant to inspire, and be a catalyst for musical growth.

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Imagecritterologist
Jan 19, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
We've got a new pastor here, also. He follows the lectionary, so it will now be possible to choose music etc. that better suits the scripture lesson and sermon that day. As a result, the worship committee is being revised & expanded. (Our previous pastor was remarkable, but he liked to preach on a passage of his choosing for a particular Sunday, and he didn't plan his scripture lessons in advance, so all the worship committee really took charge of was the look/decoration of the sanctuary.)

I'll be participating in the new worship committee, in large part so I can help with the music program. We've got a great choir, praise band, bells, youth choirs, etc... and people in the congregation really love to sing... but with a few tweaks our music could be better and much easier for people to participate. You know the sort of thing... if one hymn is difficult to sing or relatively unknown, the other should be an "old reliable." The organ or the band shouldn't be so loud that people can't hear themselves or the person next to them sing. On the first verse especially, it can be really helpful to have the organist or keyboardist hammer on the melody line, especially for less well known songs. The problem of course will be trying to make these suggestions as a relative newcomer without stepping on toes! The fact that this is a transitional time should help with that, I hope.

I think this cubit could be a great resource! Thanks for hosting it. :-)
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ImageTallulah_B
Jan 21, 2011 12:08 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
ah, the old "stepping on of toes" theme - know it WELL......

Transitional times are great, and scary........ because some will want to cling to the familiar.
Our keyboardist likes to "jazz it up" a bit, but we also have to go with some old traditional songs. Some of them are so old that they're like new again!
We had Choir Practice tonight, and we sang a different version of the Lord's Prayer - really beautiful. My DH & I sang a duet last week "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", and I'm really pleased with it. The elders love it when a solo or duet are sung. It's also good when the keyboardist goes on vacation to have someone play something new (like a CD.......).

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Imagecritterologist
Jan 21, 2011 7:33 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Oh, I wish I could have heard your duet... lovely, lovely!

I think the first thing will be to just focus on the choice of music... pick songs & hymns & even choir anthems that suit the lesson that day, and also get a mix of old/new, jazzy/contemplative, etc. Some days you want to end the service on a rousing, lively note, and other days you want something more gentle... Same thing with the start of the service, but I think it's good to have at least one lively piece and one contemplative one.
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ImageTallulah_B
Jan 21, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
It's surprising, but sometimes our Choir Director, who picks out the songs, gets ones that "fit" with the sermon. Uncanny sometimes, how close she gets to the message. Lovey dubby
She picks a good mix of all kinds - old timey ones for the old timers, young and simple ones for the little children, some pretty powerful ones for the choir as anthems, and new ones for the congregation to learn/sing. We pick a new Introit or Recessional that will go for a month so the congregation learns it well. Whistling

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Imagecritterologist
Jan 21, 2011 10:16 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Yep, that's the kind of mix I'd love to see us do. Our music folks are very talented musically, but not so much liturgically, if you know what I mean... I've been in congregations with people who did a fantastic job of choosing a good mix of music for each service, and it makes a huge difference!
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ImageTallulah_B
Jan 21, 2011 10:30 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
We're doing a song as an anthem that's an Israeli Folk song, and it really "bops along", kinda upbeat on the "down low" if you know what I mean. It's really melodic, and has a great bass line as well as upper soprano.

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Jan 22, 2011 10:46 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
What's the title, and who did the arrangement? Sounds like the sort of thing myu Dad's choir director would also like.
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Jan 23, 2011 11:40 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
"The King of Glory" by Rev W. F. Jabusch.
It's apparently a Hasidick (sp?) tune that the men would dance to.
Here's the music - I really like it - it's quite a catchy tune.
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Imagecritterologist
Jan 24, 2011 12:31 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Yes! That's one I've sung with the folk group in Chicago... I think I remember it from college fellowship gatherings also. Toe-tapping!
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ImageTallulah_B
Jan 24, 2011 9:46 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Great, isn't it? Hard to get out of my head...... try going to sleep with That running in your head Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Jan 24, 2011 10:02 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
Rhythmic sometimes works as a lullaby for Joyanna... but this one was too bouncy, pretty much did the opposite of relaxing her, probably because it gets me going LOL. Had to switch gears and lull her with "Have You Seen (Jesus my Lord)" instead. Smiling
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ImageTallulah_B
Jan 24, 2011 10:32 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
lol Jill, you're funny! "opposite of relaxing her" Whistling

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Jan 25, 2011 8:30 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
She's a toe-tapping girl! You should have seen her dancing on Christmas Eve... church was packed, so we were in chairs in the side aisle, and she was in our lap... not for long, she had to get down in front of us and prance, especially during the choirs jazzy anthem... lots of twirling, too!
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris.
ImageTallulah_B
Jan 25, 2011 7:34 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing a "twirly girly" eh? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I'm picturing it Lovey dubby

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Jan 25, 2011 10:40 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
oh yes, arms up or out, turning around and around... she can't quite do the quick twirls like her cousins do, but she is working on it!
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris.
ImageTallulah_B
Jan 25, 2011 11:32 PM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
how old is Joyanna?

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Imagecritterologist
Jan 26, 2011 7:54 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
17 months! She's big for her age, walking since 9 months, and the past couple of months she's really started talking up a storm. She's such a happy kid -- Our Sunshine Girl!
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I'm learning to dance in the rain! Thank you, Sally & Chris.
ImageTallulah_B
Jan 27, 2011 12:10 AM CST
Name: Susan
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Do you have a picture of her? I'd love to see it! Lovey dubby

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Imagecritterologist
Jan 27, 2011 3:17 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
I'll C-mail you one!

And now, back to our music discussion, LOL...
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