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Ecclesiastical Council Announcement (Steeple 2017.02)

As mentioned in my article last month, as you read this, there is only a day or two before my Ecclesiastical Council, the final step toward Commissioned Ministry in Music. At this event I will speak about the highlights of the process, and summarize my faith and music journeys as they relate to my role […]

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Our Changing Community (Steeple 2017.01)

As I reflected on 2016, in developing my annual report this month, I came to see the year that’s passed as a transitional one here at Edwards Church, the music program included. A year ago, we stood as three churches here in Framingham, seeing each other but a few times annually. A year ago, our […]

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2016

The complete service from December 24, 2016, 9:00 p.m. The bulletin can be downloaded here.

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Rewind: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2015

The complete service from December 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m. The bulletin can be downloaded here. Technology-willing, the 2016 service will be available from this site’s homepage by the evening of Christmas Day.

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The Peace of Christmas Day

So often, I ponder something I’ve come up with and wonder “Am I on to something? Or do I just not get it?” I’ve been asking those questions to myself a lot this month. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had those anticipatory butterflies in my stomach over what might be under the […]

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Reflections on Church Christmases

It occurred to me at one point this Advent that I’ve never known what Christmas is like without the church being a vital part of it. We hear about the over-commercialization of the holiday season, and that we’ve lost the “true meaning” of Christmas, but I’m over here quietly saying, “I haven’t!”

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What Christmas Music Means to Me

As far back as I can recall, not surprisingly, it’s been the music that has driven my mind crazy come August or September, when I anticipate what I’ll get to listen to later on that year. My stock answer, when asked what my favorite season is, has been a running joke of “the next one”. […]

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Advent Comes to Edwards Church! (Steeple 2016.12)

Advent is one of the most perfect times to be a church musician. My mother used to forbid listening to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, so when I became a church musician, I was happy to be able to say, “It’s required for my job!” But, for me, the significance of church music in Advent goes […]

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Christmas at Edwards Church (1992 Album)

In the summer of 1992, the Edwards Church Music Program recorded an audio cassette whose profits were directed toward our restricted Organ Fund. At that time, our Stevens organ was in need of a re-leathering that was estimated at $6,000.00, writes Music Chair Len Ezbicki in the Edwards Church Annual Report of that year. Here […]

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Rewind: An Advent Reflection

This piece was presented in worship as a statement of faith on the First Sunday of Advent, 2015. It first appeared on this site at that same time. Listening… Watching… Waiting… Themes which permeate the weeks of Advent. Themes which a choir director like me studies and hones his whole career. Everyone in my profession dreads […]

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