Away in a Manger will most certainly be sung over the Christmas season. Sometimes it is hard to shift from a sentimental singing of the “little Lord Jesus no crying he makes” to the hard realities of the world. Inspired by Inshallah singing Shirley Erena Murray’s verses “Away and in Danger” – a carol of the refugee children (see http://www.thehymnsociety.org/singingwelcome), Allen and I wrote these verses for our upcoming Carol Sing at Kitchener City Hall where we are raising money for the local Refugee Health Centre.
Feel free to use these verses if they speak to your context with the following recognition if you choose to print them: alternate lyrics: Allen Jorgenson and Debbie Lou Ludolph (c) Kanata Centre, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, 2017.
God meets us in strangers
And helps us to see
that helping my neighbour
is God helping me.
The little Lord Jesus
Arrives in strange ways
That startle our privilege (singing priv-lege)
And quiet self-praise.
Be near us dear Jesus
we ask you to stay
close by us forever
to shape loving ways.
To live with each other
as one human race
Show us how our weaknessis God’s place of grace.
2018 Companion of the Worship Arts Call for Nominations
The Program Committee for Worship, on behalf of the National Bishop, calls for
nominations to the Companion of the Worship Arts. This is an honour conferred in
recognition of significant contribution to the worship life of the ELCIC at a local,
synodical, and national level. The honour recognizes the recipient’s ongoing inspiration
and encouragement to others, together with service to God through worship,
spirituality, and the arts.
Please include these supporting materials with your nomination:
1. Reasons for the nomination; i.e., biographical material with a listing of the
person’s specific contributions to the worship life of the ELCIC (examples
should include national, synodical, and local involvements)
2. An indication, with examples, of the ways the person continues to inspire and
encourage others in the worship life of the church
3. A minimum of three letters of support for the nomination from others familiar
with the individual’s contributions.
The honour will be conferred at the ELCIC/ACC National Worship Conference in
Victoria, BC, in 2018. (www.nationalworshipconference.org). Current members of the
Program Committee for Worship are not eligible for nomination.
Send nomination materials by February 15, 2018 tocontinue reading
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At the synod/seminary sponsored Music Makes Community event this past summer, I taught a number of songs along with teaching practice skills that are part of the MMC core principles. Here are two you-tube clips that could help you teach these pieces paperlessly — both are found in Inshallah’s songbook “Sing the Circle Wide” published last November, available from Sperling’s Church Supply in Waterloo.
Who will set us free? (well suited to Advent)
Palestinian Hallelujah (well suited to singing at the time of the Gospel Acclamation when you are speaking about the synod’s relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land or making prayers for peace in Palestine/Israel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWQezCzazpgcontinue reading
Jamie Courtney, Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Hamburg, reminds us of the gift of a cappella singing: “A cappella,” when translated from Italian, doesn’t, in fact, refer to the absence of instruments. ‘In the manner of the church/chapel’ is the simplest translation. Wisely, our understanding of voices-only singing, has its roots right here, in the worship space.” (Trinity Dove, 2013)
Join Dr. Wendell Glick as he draws from practices and postures of an a cappella congregational singing tradition to provide perspectives that can help enable the congregation’s voice in accompanied traditions. Considerations will include strengths and challenges of incorporating unaccompanied singing in worship settings, examining textural priority (congregation vs. organ vs. choir, etc.), use of physical space, leadership strategies, formative patterns, congregational buy-in, and listening tips.
November 13, 7 pm, WK United Mennonite Church, Waterloo.
For more information, see Singing Faith – Nov 13 2017 FINAL
Sponsored jointly by the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and The RCCO Waterloo Wellington Centre chapter.continue reading
Real Presence: Responding to the Word is the third of five Anglican – Lutheran Liturgy Days and the first to be held in Waterloo. Consider bringing your worship and music planning team to this event.Date: Saturday, September 23rdTime: 9:00 am to 3:30 pmPlace: Renison University CollegePlenary speaker: Rev Canon John HillRegistration deadline: This Friday, September 15Cost and additional details are found on the attached flyer above.
Kairos letter September 1 posts Creation resources for prayer and action. See http://https://www.kairoscanada.org/season-creation-global-prayer-action-creation?utm_source=KAIROS+Canada&utm_campaign=223628589c-KT+September+2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_260e90eae1-223628589c-98966117&mc_cid=223628589c&mc_eid=304e73b475continue reading
The North American Hymn Society will be meeting in Waterloo in July. Come for some wonderful hymn singing in Kitchener Waterloo churches with others who love to sing. See the poster for details. It’s free and it’s freeing!!
Five Hymn Festivals in one week! Waterloo Hymn Festivals Flyer
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 7:30PM
“Living Voices of the Gospel”
Michael Burkhardt and Paul Westermeyer
ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH, KITCHENER
MONDAY, JULY 17, 7:30PM
“Reformation Psalms and Beyond”
ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, KITCHENER
TUESDAY, JULY 18, 7:30PM
“A Day for Making Changes: Singing Reformation Around the Globe”
FIRST UNITED CHURCH, WATERLOO
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 7:30PM
“God of All the Many Lands”
ST. JOHNS LUTHERAN CHURCH, WATERLOO
THURSDAY, JULY 20, 10:30AM
“Singing Our Journeys Together: Semper Reformanda”
C. Michael Hawn and Ulston Patmore Smith
THEATRE OF THE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: For more information, see www.thehymnsociety.org/2017-Waterloo