Music Notes – December 2018
Music is a powerful medium in worship – most of us are deeply moved by certain hymns, Christmas carols, and other beloved works such as Handel’s Messiah. Somehow music transcends words and carries us into a realm of deep feeling: soaring gladness, profound sorrow, or simply awe.
This month we are thankful for the music in our worship, and those who make it: choir members, directors, organists, and other instrumentalists. We’ve enjoyed the exquisite high tones of Michael Austin singing “Ev’ry Valley Shall Be Exalted.” Michael is moving on to Louisiana, and we’ll miss him terribly. We wish Michael and Paul all the best in their new life.
This Saturday evening at 5 p.m. we gather for our Carol Sing, Christmas Pageant, Chili Cookoff, and Visit from Santa – all rolled into one. The music will be sweet!
On Christmas Eve, we’ll have organ, strings, and an augmented choir to sing a choral prelude starting at 8:30 p.m., followed by the traditional mass at 9 p.m. (Of course, there’s wonderful music at the 5 p.m. Family Service, too!)
On Sunday, December 30, we have our two regular services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Joey Arkfeld, our new Interim Music Director, will lead music at the 9 a.m. service for the first time. We’re delighted Joey could step into this important role in our parish life. At the 10:45 a.m. service, our own Colin MacKnight will be guest organist, making beautiful music on our lovely pipe organ. Colin is near the end of his doctoral work in organ performance at Juilliard in New York City.
Open House at the MacKnights’ – Saturday, Dec. 29, 2-5 p.m.
All are invited to stop in for refreshments and conversation at the MacKnights’ home on the Saturday between Christmas and New Year’s. No reply necessary – just come!