Musical Notes ♫♬ (Archive)


The year has flown by, our life obligations are at an all time high, the crazy season of spending is upon us and we are operating at full capacity but often times running on empty.  I wanted to create a worship experience during Advent that would give you at least one hour of calm each week to allow you to focus on the readings, to meditate in song while signing some of our perennial favorites and to have a calm and open heart as you hear the Good News of our Saviors birth.  For the next four weeks we will be using a lessons and carols format.  The Festival of Lessons and Carols was introduced in 1880 by Bishop F. W. Benson of the Diocese of Truro in the United Kingdom. In 1918 it was adopted by King's College, Cambridge and from there has made its way into churches across the English speaking world.  I think Ernst Käsemann, Lutheran theologian and professor of the New Testament from Mainz Germany, said it best, "Advent returns with each church year so that every generation may hear it afresh and accept it, every individual be reminded of it as of his or her own birthday". 
Not for that resolution.  This year my goal is to showcase every. single. hymn tune.  Hallelujah!  So what does this mean?  Am I going to subject you to 4 really tough and unfamiliar hymns with crazy, antiquated language each week?  No.  In the ELW there are 654 hymns and 547 hymn tunes.  During this year 547 hymn tunes will be either sung as a hymn by the congregation, as an anthem by the choir or a guest soloist, or showcased as a prelude, postlude etc.  I am keeping a running tally in my office and you are more than welcome to take a look.  In addition, each hymn tune will be named in the bulletin if you would like to keep track as well.  There is a rich history of music in the Lutheran Church and it will be a nice tribute to our ancestors to sing their music (or sing it at least once in our lifetime!). 
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I certainly give thanks each and every day for our community here at Gustavus Adolphus and for the sounds of our voices singing to praise to God.  My prayer and hope is that our music will refresh you this Advnt season.  you to be refreshed this Advent season. 

Peace,  Gretchen Mundinger

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