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The Last Breath (A Lenten Reflection)

10 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on The Last Breath (A Lenten Reflection)

“Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” When I was fresh out of grad school, I gave a sermon on Jesus’ second coming. I felt at the time, that there had been a great deal of interest in the potential for the “end times” to be upon us […]

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The Same Text (A Lenten Reflection)

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name” A church musician considers the Bible in terms of lyrics of hymns and anthems, not simply as spoken verses to be memorized. One of the beauties of our trade, in fact, is the truth that we have committed to memory hundreds of verses over our […]

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Lenten Lord’s Prayer Study (Steeple 2016.02)

01 Feb 2016 | Comments Off on Lenten Lord’s Prayer Study (Steeple 2016.02)

The choir will respond to the Lenten theme of the Lord’s Prayer by singing multiple settings of the text during February and March. These anthems will be from different cultures and in different languages (including Latin and church Slavonic). If you are interested in singing with us this spring, please let me know! -Rick Seaholm […]

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New Year, Big Thanks! (Steeple 2016.01)

01 Jan 2016 | Comments Off on New Year, Big Thanks! (Steeple 2016.01)

A hearty thank you goes out to the choir and guest instrumentalists who enriched our services throughout Advent. We have an exciting spring planned, and I look forward to many more special services ahead. And, to all the members of  the congregation, thank you for your support and encouragement. It goes a long way! -Rick […]

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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 2015

The complete service from December 24, 2015, 9:00 p.m. The bulletin can be downloaded here.

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Christmas Benediction

21 Dec 2015 | Comments Off on Christmas Benediction

On December 13, 2015, as part of our annual Special Choral Music Sunday, the Edwards Church Choir premiered “Christmas Benediction”, the result of a collaboration between composer Willie Sordillo and lyricist, Pastor Debbie Clark.

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An Advent Reflection

17 Dec 2015 | Comments Off on An Advent Reflection

This piece was presented in worship as a statement of faith on the First Sunday of Advent. 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 the casual conversation starter or occasional blog post that ponders “What […]

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Christmas Time’s A-coming (Steeple 2015.12)

01 Dec 2015 | Comments Off on Christmas Time’s A-coming (Steeple 2015.12)

I just love that, as a church musician, I’m required to think about Christmas music for several months prior to the singing of it. Growing up, there was a strict policy in our home about not playing any records or tapes until after Thanksgiving dinner. But now that it’s a job requirement… well, sorry Mom. […]

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Stewards of the House of God (Steeple 2015.11)

01 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on Stewards of the House of God (Steeple 2015.11)

During Stewardship weeks, we will sing a few anthems which show the welcoming nature of Edwards Church. Our piece on November 15 is called “Part of the Family”, and those who were at the combined outdoor service with Grace this summer will remember it as one of the hymns. On that morning, the choir will […]

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The Songs of Our Faith (Steeple 2015.10)

01 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on The Songs of Our Faith (Steeple 2015.10)

This summer, while doing some research and planning for fall, I recalled that this is the 20th anniversary year of our New Century Hymnal. I often enjoy recognizing anniversaries of composers and their works, but wondered, how best to observe a hymnal’s birthday? We’ll find out more, as we sing some of our favorites and […]

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