MUSIC NOTES, by Catherine Massey
The Sunday Services Committee met to plan worship for the summer, before our new minister gets settled in. We discussed possible themes, which seemed to converge into our overall summer theme of “Renewing Connection.” Many wonderful services are in store.
For me, and perhaps for the rest of our congregation, it feels like January—looking forward, looking back. We will honor the retirement of Rev. Sue, while preparing to welcome Rev. Xolani. The choir will extend their season a couple of weeks to help with Rev. Sue’s last services, and we reflect now on the choir season we are completing. We will probably discuss our favorite anthems of the year and what we have accomplished and what we can do next year. We had a good, enthusiastic group, with several new and returning members. We sang old favorites, and stretched to learn new music. Most importantly, the choir added energy to each worship experience. They will be on hand to support our new minister’s messages from the pulpit.
Loyal guides in love and duty lead us with a trusted light. Blessed are they whose inward beauty shows the path of truth and right. Honor is their earthly prize. By their worth we realize faith calls us on.
One thing I am very proud of is that our congregation sings! This is a way of connecting that welcomes the stranger, and nurtures our beloved community. Congregational singing is a solid base for worship and action, this summer and moving forward. We renew that connection every time we meet. Let’s keep that up!
When Rev. Sue retires, we will all sing “Life Calls Us On,” our commissioned hymn by Jason Shelton and Kendyl Gibbons. (Its dedicatee, Minister Emerita Nancy Anderson, will be in the choir to sing it for this new special occasion.) This verse particularly stands out now: “Loyal guides in love and duty lead us with a trusted light. Blessed are they whose inward beauty shows the path of truth and right. Honor is their earthly prize. By their worth we realize faith calls us on.” May it ever be so.
Catherine Massey, Director of Music
UUMN Credentialed Music Leader