Music Ministry Notes – September 2016

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised!  There is no end to your greatness.  One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power. Ps. 145: 3-4

One of the exciting things about Music Ministry at Good Shepherd is that it is truly something that all generations are sharing.  From the youngest Sunday School Singer to the oldest member of ServantSong, we all join to praise the Lord.

We have been blessed with a wonderful gift!

 These instruments are known as Orff instruments, named for the composer Carl Orff, who developed a whole system of music education using sounds he had heard all over the world.  Pastor Baines has experienced these in former congregations, and knew that our musicians, young and old, would love making music and praising the Lord with them.  She has generously donated five instruments.  I used Orff instruments when I was teaching in Syracuse, NY, and I look forward to training our youth choir directors to use them with the choirs.  Thank you, thank you, Pastor Baines!

And speaking of Children’s Music Ministry:

Something New!  September 17
10:00-noon  Youth Choir Kick-off Retreat!

All kids, all ages, are invited to come for musical games, songs and trying out the instruments.

Meet the new choirs and directors!   Get ready for the blessing of the musicians on Sept. 25.

We’ll close with a pizza lunch and a question and answer time for parents at 11:45.

Sunday School Singers! We are expanding the role of music in Sunday School openings. Age 3-grade 3 will learn songs in Sunday School openings that share the joy of God’s love, teach about prayer, and reinforce Bible stories .  They will sing, play instruments, and move in worship several times during the year.  Jen Lentz will lead the songs at 9:00 and 10:45 Sunday Schools.

Grace Notes! Pre-K and Kindergarteners will have their own choir, led by Jen Lentz and  Julie Hamilton Grant.  They will meet in the Sunday School Opening area from 10:05-10:35 am on Sundays. They will

  • learn to use their voices as instruments,
  • play hand percussion instruments,
  • experience music using small and gross motor movements.
  • learn hymns and liturgy,
  • serve in worship 5 or 6 times during the year.

Joyful Noise!  This grade 1-5 group will be led by Julie Schwingbeck and Dana Gillin in the music room from 10:05-10:35 on Sunday mornings.  Karen Morrissey will accompany this group.  They will:

  • learn to use their voices as instruments,
  • learn hymns, liturgy, and anthems to help lead worship,
  • learn to play our new Orff instruments, and accompany their songs.
  • sing in worship about once a month.

Midweek Singers!  This group of mostly 5th graders and older, rehearses in the sanctuary on Wed. evenings from 6:00-6:30.  Bess Sproul directs this group.  They will:

  • learn songs from all over the world.
  • sing in harmony.
  • accompany their songs with Orff instruments, percussion, and traditional instruments (piano, flute, clarinet, violin).
  • teach new songs to the congregation.
  • help lead Wednesday evening worship services.

Allegro Chimes!  This group is all about teamwork!  Fourth graders through high school are welcome.  They will meet in the downstairs fellowship hall from 10:05-10:35 on Sunday mornings, and Jen Fischer will lead this group.  They will:

  • learn to read music, and join in the fun of playing hand chimes.
  • serve God and the congregation by playing in worship about once a month.
  • play a program of carols and seasonal music at Beaumont Nursing Home in December.

OK, Do the kids have all the fun?  What is there for adults?!

The Worship and Music Committee got so excited about the Orff instruments that we may just start an Adult group to play.  What fun!  But meanwhile, these groups would love to have you join:

New Direction Praise Team!  Open to all confirmed members who love to sing, and/or play an instrument, this group assists in leading worship at our 10:45 AM Contemporary Worship Service.  This contemporary rock group consists of vocals and a variety of instruments, including keyboard, guitars, and drums.  They rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in the sanctuary.  Randy Gomez leads this group.

Chancel Choir:  We will start the year with a fellowship time and rehearsal on Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 pm.  We’ll get a head start on a busy fall schedule, which will include Rally Day, Sept. 11, Blessing of the Musicians, Sept. 25, the Bishop’s visit on October 16, and Reformation,  October 30 (which will be Pastor Baines’ last day with us.)  Our regular rehearsals are Sunday mornings, 10:35-11:45 am.  New members are always welcome! Bess Sproul directs this group.

Gospel Ringers: Our handbell choir has proved to be a wonderful way for new members to get involved here at Good Shepherd, but of course, we welcome long-time members, too! We have at least one opening in the choir, so please let me know if you are interested.  The ability to read music is helpful, but several members have joined and learned to read music as we rehearse.  We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 6:30, and our first rehearsal will be September 8.  Bess Sproul directs this group.

Morning Chimes:  This beginning hand chime choir rehearses on the second Tuesday of each month,  at 11:00 am. Next rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 13.  We play at nursing homes, for OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans) meetings, and occasionally at worship services.  It is a great way to keep your right brain and left brain working together, and it is a lot of fun.  Bess Sproul directs this group.

Servant Song: Do you love the old, old hymns?  This group of volunteers helps support residents who come to services when our Pastors are leading worship at nursing homes.  They sing at Beaumont Nursing Home on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 am. They also help support the hymn singing at funerals that are held at Good Shepherd.  Come, be part of this caring music ministry.

Yes, One generation shall praise your works to another and shall declare your power.

Please join us in our Music Ministry!

In Christ, Bess Sproul