​Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

May 25, 2014
  1. Singing Poetry~ Vulnerability that can draw us closer to Christ
Our Introit this morning is a work of sacred poetry.  Michael Hawn, Professor of Church Music at the Perkins School of Theology has the following to say about Rusty Edwards' music: "When a sacred poet shares a creation with a wider audience , it is risky business. First of all, it is risky for the poet. They have chosen to share a personal spiritual revelation with the world. "
Michael Hawn asks the following questions about "I Am Thankful" which I believe can help us grow closer to Christ and allow for a vulnerability that at times can come with music:
  • What if the poet articulates a feeling that has been buried in the singer's soul so deeply that they do not want to uncover it?
  • What if the poet's challenge is a prophetic word of God that makes us uncomfortable?
  • What if singing the poet's creation offers delight, purpose, release, hope, peace or community?
Other music selections:
Gathering Music:  Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 (Eugene Thayer)
                                    Allegro maestoso
                                    Alla pastorella
                                    Variations 4+3
Hymn Of Praise: Come Ye Faithful, Raise The Strain  (#115)
Act of Praise: You Have Put On Christ (Hughes)
Children’s Song: Alive (R.Morehead/Leah)
Special Music: Come Into God's Presence (Anonymous)
Hymn of Response: Arise, Your Light Is Come! (#411)
Instrumental Offering: Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 (Eugene Thayer)
                                                Variation 2+ Andante
Hymn of Dedication: The Star Spangled Banner (INSERT)
Postlude: Andante  Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 1 (Eugene Thayer)
                                                Variation 1+ Finale  
Sunday’s musicians:
Sanctuary Choir

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