Friday, October 14th, 6pm
Oktoberfest is only one week away!! It's our fourth annual Ascension Oktoberfest! SAVE THE DATE!! This year, we celebrate with live music, dancing, the Rectors home brewed beer, and wonderful food and fellowship for all. Friday, October 14th at 6pm! Invite family and friends! This is a highlight of the parish year that you won't want to miss!
NEW THIS YEAR!
For our guest musicians this year, we welcome Boise's own Hillfolk Noir! Hillfolk Noir combine blues, country, folk, and swampy southern old time music to create their own amazing blend of dazzling Americana. You can learn more about Hillfolk Noir by clicking here. You won't want to miss them!
Although Oktoberfest is a parish fundraiser, we are focusing less on
that aspect of it this year. Donations will be asked to cover the
cost of the delicious food and anything over and above that is welcome and encouraged. Of course, the Rector's Homebrew will be available for donations. Most importantly, this is the highlight of our parish fellowship for our whole year! Come on out and bring family and friends!
Cheers in Christ,
Music with Dan Romero
Prayers for Musicians
This week and next week I'll be talking about various aspects of music ministry in church. All of this will culminate on Sunday, October 16, when we will be observing a music ministry day as part of the stewardship campaign. This week and next week I just want to give us somethings to think about regarding church music. This week I thought I would share some prayers for musicians. Musicians in church must remember to pray, and when it comes down to it all of us are musicians in church.
The music ministry of the church is a part of the worship of the church. Music by its very nature is performed, but music in church also has to serve as an vital part of the liturgy and to help the congregation to worship. This is an important thing that church musicians must keep in mind. Our performance is for the worship of God. I am reminded of the wonderful prayers that I will share with you below. This prayer is known as the Choristers Prayer and comes from the Royal School of Church Music.
Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts,
and what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The following is a famous prayer from the Book of Common Prayer.
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
And finally, this familiar hymn text from the great hymn writer Fred Pratt Green.
When in our music God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried
How often, making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound
So has the Church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in every tongue,
And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night
when utmost evil strove against the Light?
Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight,
Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always
Alleluia! Amen. - Fred Pratt Green
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