Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)

This Sunday Tim Johansen, Edward Seisdedos and Marisa and Heinch Tampubolon will lead us in a contemporary style worship.  Some of the hymns can be found in the ELW, some are being pulled from former Broadway shows, some come from the African American Spiritual tradition, some from Indonesia and Edward will share two of his original pieces with us.  In planning this service I was surprised at how many contemporary worship songs are in the new ELW and we wanted to make sure to include as many as possible.  Three hymns from the ELW will be used this week and are set in the the first half of the service, giving our Sunday a more 'traditional' feel. 

Our opening hymn, 'Lord, I Lift Your Name on High (ELW #857) was written by Rick Founds.  Founds is a Christian singer/songwriter based in California.  He is best known for writing 'Lord, I Lift Your Name on High' which has been one of the most popular Christian songs and subject of many cover versions and translated into many languages.  In the United States the Christian Copyright Licensing International reported it as the most popular song used in Christian evangelical churches every year from 1997 to 2003, and since then has remained in the Top 10 list. 

I actually got the idea to use 'Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil' (ELW #512) for the gospel acclamation from our Setting Apart service last week.  "Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word." is wonderful text to set the mood to hear the gospel.  Three of Handt Hanson's hymns are in our hymnal.  Hanson is the Worship Arts Director at a thriving parish in Minnesota and really seems to be on the forefront of creating and helping congregations to create worship environments that are creative.  Their is a beautiful worship mission statement on their website that reads "To create an imaginative worship environment where all are welcomed into the transforming presence of God. To discover, develop, and nurture the artistic gifts of God's people. To effectively use God's gifts to communicate the message of Jesus Christ to our community and world." This idea fits perfectly with GA with our contemporary service this week. 

Darlene Zschech is an Australian Pentecostal worship leader and singer-songwriter who primarily writes praise and worship songs.  She is the form worship pastor of Hillsong Church and is currently a member of Compassionart, a charity who works to generate income from works of art to assist in the relief of suffering around the planet.  "Shout to the Lord" (ELW 821) is one of her most popular works. 

The second half of the service will feature Edward's beautiful pieces and Tim will lead us in a more contemporary style of worship-meaning he will lead/teach the songs to the congregation.  The pieces are easy to pick up and I would encourage you to just go with the flow and let the Spirit move you as you sing the words.  No need to worry about singing a wrong word or making a mistake.  Tim will lead you in "You are the Light of the World" which was originally from the 1973 Off-Broadway Musical "Godspell" by John-Michael Tebelak and Stephen Schwartz.  This musical was based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.  This piece from the show is much longer and has dialogue in the song itself.  However, the tune is so popular and the text so wonderful that over the years it has been lifted and adapted for worship services.  You'll recognize the text from Matthew 5:14. 

Gretchen Mundinger




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