Last Sunday a group of about 25 people gathered in the Fellowship Hall to go out into neighborhoods to carol. We split into three groups, two went to Westminster Canterbury and one went to the Colonnades and nearby church members. In all, we made 14 caroling stops and spread unmeasurable joy. Jackie Brownfield hosted our last stop with food for the hard working carolers. Thank you to Jackie for her hospitality, and to Carolyn Kelly for her help organizing the Westminster Canterbury visits.
In our ten-week session this fall the Life-Long Song group has enjoyed singing Psalms at the beginning of each of our meetings. We have also sung several rounds, including a setting of Psalm 150. In our exploration of music with texts on peace we learned an anthem by Michael Burkhardt entitled “Beloved, God’s Chosen,” with a text by Susan Palo Cherwien. We found it inspiring and comforting in these difficult times. Life-Long Song will not resume in the spring semester. Thank you to those who have come and participated. I have enjoyed making music with you all.
Beloved, God’s chosen, put on as a garment
compassion, forgiveness, and goodness of heart.
Above all, before all, let love be your raiment
that binds into one every dissonant part.
Within, call forth Wisdom, to dwell in you richly;
let peace rule your hearts and that peace be of Christ.
And from the heart’s chamber, beloved and holy,
let singing thanksgiving to God ever rise.
The Music and Worship Committees have been considering what draws people to the 8:30 service at Westminster. In an effort to open this conversation to all Westminster worshipers, we will hold the last of three town hall style meetings this Sunday, November 12 to hear what you think of the 8:30 service. This brief meeting will occur right at the conclusion of the 8:30 service, around 9:15 and include a time to share thoughts as well as a time to fill out a brief survey. The meeting will conclude at 9:30 to allow folks to attend Christian Education classes. If you are unable to attend the meetings, the survey will be available in the church office and the gathering place. We are excited by the response and enthusiasm of our 8:30 worshippers. If you have not had a chance to add your voice to this conversation, please come on Sunday, or pick up a survey to fill out. Completed surveys may be given to ushers after worship or turned in to the church office.
If you love to sing, but don’t want to come out to an evening rehearsal, or you would like a musical group that does not perform, then Life-Long Song may be just the thing that you are looking for. Life-Long Song is a musical gathering that meets on Thursday mornings from 11:00-noon for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. It is a daytime singing program for adults that provides a regular opportunity for making music in community and having fun, while improving physical health and mental agility. While designed specifically for older adults, anyone is welcome to join. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.