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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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Wrap-Up: Rehearsal 2

In this rehearsal, we warmed up with an animation of proper breathing, and briefly discussed the techniques required to properly inhale and exhale while singing. Gathering Thought for Reflection How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia! (Fred Pratt […]

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Let’s Get This Started (Steeple 2015.09)

01 Sep 2015 | Comments Off on Let’s Get This Started (Steeple 2015.09)

The calendar and the thermometer tell me it’s August (as I write this), but fall scheduling is what’s really heating up the calendars of the music staff at Edwards Church right now! What an exciting few months we have on tap. The choir will be singing a number of our most beloved favorites, guiding the […]

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Shared Experience (Steeple 2015.07)

01 Jul 2015 | Comments Off on Shared Experience (Steeple 2015.07)

Those of you who saw my sermon in early June heard me mention that in 2013 it was noted that singers joined together can experience a synchronization of heartbeats. This was an amazing discovery for a team studying a Swedish choir. They reason that it due to the practice of shared breathing, which is also […]

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The Lord Be Gracious Unto You

07 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on The Lord Be Gracious Unto You

As we round out another wonderful year, my sixth, if you can believe it, I can’t begin to tell you what a difference this community has made in my life. Hopefully, my words in the sermon today will give you an idea of what you all mean to me. Many thanks for a great year, […]

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Psalm of Praise

31 May 2015 | Comments Off on Psalm of Praise

Hello all, here are the audio files from yesterday’s service. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Anthem: Psalm of Praise, by Glen Darst Prelude: Fugue in Cm, by J.S. Bach Offering: Hornpipe from Royal Fireworks Music, by G.F. Handel Postlude: Sgt. Preston of the Yukon (excerpt from overture to “Donna Diana”), by von Reznikov Scripture: Psalm 8 Sermon: […]

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Wrapping the Year Up (Steeple 2015.06)

31 May 2015 | Comments Off on Wrapping the Year Up (Steeple 2015.06)

On June 7, please plan to attend a very musical service! We are planning four choral pieces, and Don has special service music to complement the readings and reflections. I will be preaching on the topic of the many ways I have seen God through the Beautiful Community of music. I hope you’ll enjoy my […]

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Music Class: Recognition and Identification

31 May 2015 | Comments Off on Music Class: Recognition and Identification

Thanks to all of you who came out today to the class we held after church. Below are a number of clips from the videos I showed, as well as several websites which may be of interest to you as you further your studies! Please do reach out to me if you think of additional […]

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Ever Dwelling Spirit

24 May 2015 | Comments Off on Ever Dwelling Spirit

Here are the audio clips from today’s amazing Pentecost service. Excellent job, everyone! Come, Holy Spirit, by Phillip Kern Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling, by Mark Sedio Prelude: It’s Me, O Lord (Standing in the Need of Prayer) Offering: Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song Pentecost Postlude Jazz Pentecost Story  

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Pardon My French….

17 May 2015 | Comments Off on Pardon My French….

Nicely done today, it seemed to me as though your efforts all locked in right at the right moment. This was one of the finest run-throughs we’ve done of the piece, and your hard work with the French was excellent! Cantique de Jean Racine, by Gabriel Faure Symphonic Variations: Finale, by Cesar Franck (Don’s prelude) […]

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