Music Ministry Notes

November brings images of darkness, color gone from trees, less daylight and longer nights.  We start to dress in layers and prepare for the winter to come.  In the lectionary, our lessons lead us toward End Time (there is even a section in the ELW with hymns for this time) focusing on the second coming of Christ.  Warnings of judgment come from the prophets, and yet there is the message that beyond all the wars and tumult, “Jesus Shall Reign.”  In this time of discord in our nation and the world, we need to cling to that promise, and come together to celebrate the hope that Christ brings.

Of course, November is also the time when we give thanks for all the gifts God has given us.  This year, Good Shepherd will host the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 22, at 7:30 PM.  We will have an Interfaith Choir, and celebrate the diversity of our community as we come together to give thanks.

Here’s our calendar for November.  Please join us!

Nov. 6: All Saints Sunday will celebrate the lives of saints who have died, and those who are living still.

Nov. 13:  26th Sunday after Pentecost: On this Children in Church Sunday, Grace Notes, Allegro Chimes, and Joyful Noise will help lead our service at 9:00, and Grace Notes will also sing at the beginning of the 10:45 service.

Nov. 20: Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year.  Look to ELW hymn 431, “O Christ, What Can It Mean for Us” that Christ a “different kind of King.”

Nov. 20, 2:00 PM Rehearsal for Interfaith Choir for the Thanksgiving Service.  Please join us for that, even if you do not regularly sing in the choir.

Nov. 22, 7:30 PM:  Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, here at Good Shepherd. Come and meet, and worship with our neighbors from the Westborough community.

Nov. 26:  Worship and Music Committee will decorate the church for Advent.  Watch for the time in the Weekly News.

Nov. 27:  Advent 1: We begin the church year with admonitions that we should “Wake from Sleep” and “Keep Awake.”  But a lesson for that day, Psalm 122 begins,

“I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord.”  So in the darkness of November, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

In Christ,”
Bess Sproul