Greetings from Mark Gould, Director of Music Ministries, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Delafield
All God’s Children Have a Place in the Choir (Band or Bells)!
As Christians of the Lutheran tradition we have a rich heritage of praising God and sharing the Good News of Christ’s redeeming love through music. Our namesake, Martin Luther, was first and foremost an Old Testament professor at the University of Wittenburg. Yet, during his “exile” year in the Wartburg Castle, he was also a very productive hymn text writer and translator of the entire Bible into German. Luther played the lute and sang in choirs from his youth on. He even funded his school education by singing door to door in groups called “Kurrende Knabe”. They sang at the door of homes and “begged” for donations. Like figgy pudding, they “won’t until they get some.” Luther would reflect on Scripture at big guest suppers at home and then retire to singing and playing spiritual music with his guests.
Luther knew first hand the power of music to speak to the whole person: heart, mind and soul. He once wrote, “Next to the Word of God, music is the greatest gift of God.” “Music makes the text come alive!” (Die Musik macht den Text lebendig!) He also knew the power of music to make the Word memorable. He had no time for ministers and superintendents of schools who did not treasure the educational, catechetical power of music. A recent auxiliary bishop of Green Bay, Fr. Robert Morneau, was quoted as saying, “When is the last time you heard somebody humming the homily (sermon) when they left Church?” The very prevalence of musical jingles is a witness to the power of music to make messages memorable. (“You deserve a break today at …….”)
In this day and age when people have many spiritual options including “none”, I think we would do well to celebrate one of Lutheranism’s great strengths, their heritage of the musical word. Just over the past years you have witnessed children to octogenarians singing and playing God’s praise in various, inspiring ways. Their musical offerings have born visible fruit in worship attendance and community building. Hopefully our vital worship with vibrant music can be a calling card to check out Christ the King Lutheran. Why not?!?
A musical colleague in the area shared these thoughts on the benefits of joining a church music ensemble: “Making music benefits us in ways we do not completely understand. Many writers have described the positive physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of music. Singing and ringing in a choir improves creativity, social skills, community involvement, academic skills, listening skills, team-building skills, and discipline. In addition, making music with others helps to bridge social gaps, allowing us to connect with people with different backgrounds all coming together for a common goal.
One of the most wonderful rewards of being part of a musical ensemble is the opportunity to create something more beautiful than any one musician could create alone. When you contribute your talents to the musical and spiritual life of the church, you help enrich our collective congregation and nurture the spirit of all.” (John Paradowski)
Our musical ensembles will kick off this coming year with the children’s choir, Jubilate Singers, singing on Rally Sunday, September 8th, 9 am and will rehearse after 9 am worship at 10.15 am for 45 minutes throughout the school year. They will typically sing once a month for worship. The Sanctuary Choir (adults) will start rehearsing September 11th, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. The Royal Bells will also start September 11th, Wednesday, rehearsing from 5.30-6.30 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE!
Please come and check out these musical and fellowship opportunities. You can try it no strings attached. For further information contact director of music ministries, Mark Gould, at Mark@ctkdelafield.org or Meredy Hase. Renew your pulmonary endurance, make new friends and experience the joy of your heightened endorphins. You may just live a bit longer. Guaranteed, you will live better.
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