77 items tagged "music"

  • Thanks to our Guest Musician - 1/15

    We are delighted to welcome Napat Mingkwanyuen on Sunday who will sing several pieces during worship. Napat, born and raised in Thailand, performs throughout NYC, which in a few months will include Carnegie Hall. Thank you for sharing your gift with us Napat!! 

     

  • Musical Notes - 1/15/2017

    When asked what the Civil Rights Movement would have been without its songs, New Orleans vocalist Michaela Harrison closed her eyes and shook her head, demonstrating her difficulty even fathoming such a thing. “Ooooh,” she said, “I can’t imagine what the movement would have been without the music. I can’t say that answer because I don’t know. But I don’t think it would have been effective without the music. Because the music is really what mobilized people, united people. It’s what sustained the people. Kept people inspired.”


    While “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is technically not a song of the Civil Rights Movement, it is a part of the fusion between religious and political aspirations that had a long and honored place in African American music. Sometimes referred to as “The African American Nation Anthem,” it was written in 1899 as a poem by James Weldon Johnsons (1871-1938), distinguished author, poet, educator, politician, and early civil rights activist, who was for many years a leader in the NAACP and a promoter of the Harlem Renaissance. The poem was set to music in 1900 by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954). The first stanza is a call to sing. The second stanza recalls the difficult journey from a gloomy past. The third stanza is a prayer. Let us sing this song proudly as we commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this weekend. (Excerpts taken from The Times Picayne and What So Proudly We Hail and their online counterparts.)

  • Musical Notes - 1/15

    When asked what the Civil Rights Movement would have been without its songs, New Orleans vocalist Michaela Harrison

  • Musical Notes - 1/22/2017

    You may have noticed new additions to the order of worship today: the addition of a "Hymn of Light" and the time for people to share their self-written devotionals. Because the theme of GA's Capital Campaign is "Shining God's Light...Together As One," I thought it was important to reflect that light in the music we sing. The sum of all the parts of worship is called "liturgy," which, when translated from the Greek, literally means "work of the people." In taking a holistic approach to the work that is worship, I see the various parts of our liturgy — from the hymns, to the prayers, to the readings, sermon, and Eucharist — as being intimately interconnected. Because we added time for various people to share their devotionals regarding the Capital Campaign, it flows from there that we add music that speaks to the theme of the campaign as well. In the coming weeks, as we lead up to the pledge date for the capital campaign, I invite each of you to reflect on the theme of light as we sing about it in our hymns.

    — ZD

  • 10th Annual First Songs of the Seasons Concert - 12/5

    Start the holidays off with Gramercy Park's favorite event of the season… an evening of song, caroling and storytelling.

  • Our Kyrie Rings with the Sound of Bells

    During this season of Advent, you may have noticed that things sound a little bit different during our worship service. Along with the change of season, the liturgy in church has changed as well. Our kyrie rings with sound of bells...

  • The "Notes from the Bench" blog is now "Musical Notes"

    The "Notes from the Bench" blog is now "Musical Notes"... thank you, Zach for these updates!

  • Kathleen Thomerson and St. Patrick's Day

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    "But you, beloved, are not in darkness . . . for you are all children of light and children of the day." (1 Thes. 5:4-5 NRSV)

                     I have a growing list of hymns that I hum or think about during my morning prayer time and "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light" (HOUSTON ELW #815) is fast becoming a favorite at the top of my list! 

  • Guide Me

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    Before we delve into our usual tidbits regarding hymns and saints, I wanted to share a poem by GA member.  At our retreat this past weekend we were invited to lead prayers for mealtime and as a part of her lunch prayer the member offered this poem.  It was so moving that I immediately asked her if she would be willing to share it with us and she graciously agreed.  She shared with the group that these lyrics were written several years ago while waiting late one night at a bus stop.  She was in the midst of a difficult struggle, but knew that God would see her through.

  • The Great Litany

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    Pull back.  Reflect.  Seek silence.  Meditate.  Sing hymns.  These are all beautiful words lifted from Pastor Chris’ Ash Wednesday sermon.  Last year we were challenged to live our faith out loud during Lent and this year we are invited to bathe in Holy silence.   Our choir will sing The Great Litany as our anthem this week and it will help us to pull back, reflect on God’s love, and ponder the awesomeness of a fully-human Jesus who experienced our sorrows and joys.

  • Martin Luther and John Mason Neale

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    All week I’ve been singing All God’s creatures got a place in the choir, some sing low, some high, some sing out loud on the telephone wire, some just clap their hands, or paws, or anything they’ve got now. Every single one of us has a place in the Kingdom and every single one of us has a place in the church here on earth. Hymn translators played a really important role in those early church years and John Mason Neale was one of the big contributors. Fourteen of his translations are included in our current ELW. 

  • Dale Wood

    Dear Friends in Christ,

                    The composer Dale Wood (composer of our choir anthem this week) has a soft spot in my heart. 

  • Grace? Word? Meal? Opera aria? CHECK!

    Dear Friends in Christ,

          Grace?  Word?  Meal?  Opera aria?  CHECK!  Our first communion hymn “For by Grace You Have Been Saved “ (ARMOLAULU ELW #598) was composed Kari Tikka (b. 1946) in 1976. It has been translated into at least 8 languages, Tikka included the song in his Luther Opera (2000).

  • A Festive Service Featuring Grace Drums - 1/25 @11:00

    Join us on January 25, 11:00 a.m. for a remarkable worship experience featuring “Grace Drums.” music .  This magnificent group of 7 women will provide music that is deeply rooted in African Tradition.  With a variety of large drums they will play, sing, and dance throughout the worship service. It is spectacular!!

  • God is Calling ... Be Forever Changed

    Dear Friends in Christ,


    “Listen God is calling through the Word inviting, offering forgiveness, comfort and joy.”

    These are the words of our Hymn of the Day this week (ELW #513). Where are you hearing God in your lives? Is it a whisper? A shout? Vocation is a big deal in the Lutheran Church and this topic takes up a lot of my brain space.

  • Late to the Party?

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    I’m looking out the window at the first real snow of the season and thinking about the Magi on this last day of Christmas/Epiphany/3 Kings Day.  I always felt a little sorry for the guys.

  • "May All Children" and Katharina von Bora Luther

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kind words and the beautiful flowers and Oreos (!) last Sunday. It is an honor and a joy to serve as your Minister of Music. I am grateful and blessed to work with amazing friends and colleagues. Nothing makes me happier than hiking up all of those stairs to the organ and singing hymns with you. Thank you Jesus!

    This week our Sunday School children and our choir will be singing something extra special.

  • A festive service of lessons and carols featuring Grace Drums - 12/13 @4:00

    A festive service of lessons and carols featuring Grace Drums!!

  • Elizabeth of Hungary

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    This is a very short NFTB this week because I will be out of town attending a training a children’s music training at the Music Together headquarters.  While you are singing our beautiful hymns and liturgy, led by the fabulous Zach Dean I’ll most likely be sitting in a room shaking tambourines and singing about “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round”. 

  • Happy 2015 ... Advent

    Dear Friends in Christ,

                    Happy New Year!  Advent marks the beginning of the church year calendar and, personally speaking, I find it much more refreshing to think of beginning anew with the hopeful anticipation and joy that comes with the season of Advent and Christmas rather than a new year beginning in January with a boring list of resolutions that will most likely be broken and a cold winter ahead of me.  Let’s shout it from the rooftops…Happy New Year! 

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Collecting Food for the Hungry and Homeless

As the weather begins to change, life for those who are hungry and homeless becomes even more difficult. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the baskets at the sanctuary entrance. The food we collect will be taken to the food pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower Eastside.

 

Healing Services

We offer brief healing services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month. These are powerful times of anointing and prayer. They are held in the sanctuary after the 11 AM service.

Daily Bible Verse

  • Psalm 86:11-17

    ​Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

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