On Sunday, we heard a beautiful testimony from Michael Bevin on how the Music Ministry has touched his and his family’s lives.  He spoke of the Jacob’s incredible experience with Wycliffe Gordon, and how experiences such as this are made possible through the incredible offerings and opportunities provided by our Music Ministry.  I’m very grateful to Michael for sharing his thoughts about the effects of our Music Ministry ahead of our benefit concert.  On October 13, Laurel Masse will be with us for an evening of cabaret performing a variety of material from Bach to Sondheim!  This is your chance to help support our Music Ministry and all that it encompasses.  Our music affects not only congregants on Sundays but also our community through our concert series and special services. Your contributions not only help to buy music, but also provide care for instruments and support for our choral staff singers and our concert series, in addition to providing guest soloists and instrumentalists. Get a table for your guests, share the event with your friends, and get your tickets!  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear one of finest jazz vocalists of our time who began her career as a founding member of The Manhattan Transfer. 

This Sunday, The Choir of St. Gregory’s will be singing Lead Me, Lord, composed by the English composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley, not to be confused with his grandfather, Methodist leader Charles Wesley and is part of a larger anthem, Praise the Lord, O My Soul. He not only composed for the English Church but also served as Cathedral Organist at the cathedrals of Exeter, Winchester, and Gloucester. Having been named Sebastian after Johann Sebastian Bach, he later worked with the famed English organ builder Henry Willis to redesign the pedal board of the organ to its present-day concave shape.  Also on tap for Sunday will be the anthem God be in My Head with texts from an anonymous poet from the medieval period, set to music by English composer John Rutter.  Psalm 124 will be sung to an Anglican Chant tune by English composer G. M. Garrett.  And I must congratulate you on your singing of the mass setting!  You’re learning it well and are sounding magnificent!  

Our Children’s Choir had a fun, educational experience on Sunday as they toured the organ!  They learned about it’s many pipes, its many functions, how it works, and the many different sounds its capable of producing.  It was a great opportunity for them to see it and hear it up close!  If your child is interested in joining the Children’s Choir, please bring them to our next rehearsal this Sunday after the 10 AM service at 11:45 in the choir room. 

Our Hand-bell Choir, the Jubilate Ringers, hold their next rehearsal tonight, Thursday, September 27, at 7 PM in the choir room.  If you’re interested in ringing bells, please attend our rehearsal!  You’ll have lots of fun!

Don’t forget your tickets to our Benefit Concert on October 13!  Let’s make a joyful noise together!

Tim