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Notes from the Music Director

A Message From Scott Kamman

 

Dear friends in Christ,

 

Be there!  We often hear that phrase when someone curtly tells us that it is important for us to attend an event or meeting.  Something important will be happening or something meaningful will be talked about.  It will be to our benefit.  We need to attend and not miss it.  Be there!

              

We might also apply this phrase when we are talking about our worship life at church.  Why?

              

Be there... for your family.  As parents and grandparents, we are the primary role models for our children and grandchildren.  They look to us for examples of how to behave, what is good to do, and what is right.  I often joke to folks that I fit in the story about those who have had a “drug” problem.  When I was young, my parents “drug” me to church.  They “drug” me to Sunday School.  They “drug” me to weddings and funerals at church.  They “drug” me to meetings and rehearsals at church.  But seriously, those times at church became a part of the fabric of who I am.  Church became my second home.  And along the way, I learned so much about my God!   I learned about my sinfulness, and I learned about God’s forgiveness.  I would have not grown in my relationship with Jesus if I had not been there.  I thank God that I had parents who decided to be there and make sure that I was there, too.  As a father, I have practiced the same philosophy.  When they were younger, my children were “drug” to church the same way, sometimes much to their chagrin.  It is my prayer that they will grow in their relationship with the Savior, too.  So I encourage and pray for you, also, to be there for your family!

 

Be there… for yourself.  We have good intentions to personally stay in the Word daily, but there are so many distractions at home and in the world.  If we expect to be fed spiritually, we need to find a good, steady, always-there source for our spiritual food.  The Word and Sacraments are found in worship services.  God’s love and forgiveness is the main entrée weekly!  If we are in need of solace, we can find it here.  If we need to speak to our Lord, He is there.  If we need the support of our fellow Christian friends, they are there!  And on the flip side, we can be there for them when they are in need as well.  Taking care of ourselves spiritually is important, and I pray and hope that each of you would feel the same about your spiritual health.  So I encourage you to be there for yourself!

 

Be there… for your God.  Worship is a two-way street.  Sure, we go to worship to be fed, to benefit our own being.  But part of worship is also giving praise and thanks back to God for all that He has done in our lives.  God delights in our worship!  Our music and worship is a sweet sound in His ear.  Have you ever noticed that so much of our worship is actually repeating back to God the words that He has provided us in His Word.  Look up the sources of our liturgy and you’ll see that we are simply saying an “I love you” back to God.  “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life!”  (John 6:68)  What a way to pour out our love for Him!  He has and continues to do so much for us.  We can certainly glorify Him with our worship.  So I encourage you to be there for your God.

 

Hope to see you in worship!

 

Scott Kamman

Director of Music

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  Deuteronomy 6:7

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:15-16

 

Kings of the earth and all peoples,

    princes and all rulers of the earth!

Young men and maidens together,

    old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

    for his name alone is exalted;

    his majesty is above earth and heaven.  Psalm 148:11-13

 

The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  Psalm 147:11

 

I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.  Psalm 146:2

Our Savior Music “Notes”

 

Lenten schedule:  Mark your calendar!  Our Lenten midweek services begin on Ash Wednesday, February 14 and continue through Wednesday, March 20.    All services are at 7:00 PM and usually about 45-50 minutes in length.  “Behold My Servant” will be the focus of our midweek services.  Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, sinners, ruined by the fall!

 

January quiz:  The hymn which paints the picture for us: “Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining” is “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning.”  (LSB 400)

 

February quiz:  Which hymn asks “Who will answer, gladly saying, ‘Here am I, send me, send me”?

 

Chapel worship:  Everyone is invited to worship with the school children each week as they gather for chapel on Wednesdays at 8:45 AM in the sanctuary.  It is an excellent opportunity for midweek worship.  Come and join us!

Feb. 7    Mr. Nickel

Feb. 14  Grade 8 & PS 4 with Mr. Kamman

Feb. 21  Pastor Cook

Feb. 28  Mr. Davidson

 

Hymn of the month:  The children in our dayschool learn a special hymn or song of the month as part of their worship and religion class experience.  For the month of February, they will be learning “If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee.” When Georg Neumark was 18 years old, he was traveling across Germany to school when he was robbed of all his personal possessions and money. He spent the next two years looking for work amidst the economic hardships of the Thirty Years War. Finally, at the age of 20, he found employment as a tutor for a judge in Kiel. He was apparently so relieved and grateful that later that night he wrote this text of trust and gratitude, saying, “This good fortune, which came so suddenly and, as it were, from heaven, so rejoiced my heart that I wrote my hymn ‘Wer nur...’ to the glory of my God on that first day” (Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 611). Neumark knew of the trials we face every day – whether they are economic, emotional, spiritual, or physical. And he knew that, even if it is not how we would have first asked or imagined, God provides for His people. During those two years of living in the unknown, Neumark knew one thing: God was always with him. Later in his life he again lost all his possessions to a fire, but he had these words of trust to say in the face of adversity. And in the face of our own hardships, we sing these words of trust, knowing that God is with us.

If thou but trust in God to guide thee
And hope in Him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that naught can move.

 

What can these anxious cares avail thee,

These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
What can it help if thou bewail thee
O’er each dark moment as it flies?
Our cross and trials do but press
The heavier for our bitterness.

 

Be patient and await His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
And His discerning love hath sent,
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

 

Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Perform thy duties faithfully,
And trust His Word; though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
God never yet forsook in need
The soul that trusted Him indeed.   Public domain

 

 

Drummer/Bass Player/Singers Needed for Contemporary Worship Teams  In case you haven’t noticed, we are not running on a full Praise Band.  We are in need of some new blood in our Praise Team Band!  Talk to Scott Kamman if you’d be interested in helping out.  We’ve also lost a couple of singers and instrumentalists in our roster.  If you would like to sing or play on a regular basis, talk to Scott (426-1130 or scott.kamman@gmail.com ).  Time commitment depends solely on you, as little or as much as you desire.  We need you! 

 

Worship Notes!  In an effort to try to help us all learn about our worship life and liturgy, we offer this little “tidbit” of information each month.  It can serve as a review for you, an answer to that question, “Why do we do that?”, or as a teaching tool for our children or grandchildren.  Please share this with your family.  Discuss it prior to worship.  If there is something you would like to have answered, let me know.  I’ll do my best to find out!  Check out this month’s edition of “Worship Notes” below.

 

This month’s Worship Note:

Why is Easter quite a bit earlier this year?  Easter is termed a “movable” Christian holy day because it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar like Christmas is. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year, following the cycle of the moon.  The rule of thumb is:  Easter is the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the spring equinox. In 2024, the equinox is March 19th, which is a Tuesday, and the full moon is on March 25, the next Monday. So that pushes Easter out another 6 days to Sunday, March 31.

 

Communion reminder:  If you partake of the individual communion cup, please clearly hold the empty cup in front of you to help the communion assistant who is serving the common cup to see that you have already communed.   Thank you.

 

Worship Reminders:  Please respect the quiet time of meditation before the service begins.  Silence your phone.  Enter the sanctuary reverently and with worship in mind.  Socializing is best done in the narthex or lounge areas before and after the service.  Also, please remember that if you arrive late for church, wait until the congregation begins singing a hymn or piece of the liturgy before being seated.  That is the appropriate time to enter into worship.  Thank you for maintaining a worshipful atmosphere.

 

Monthly rotation of hymnal liturgies for “Joyful Heritage” services:

 

First week:  Divine Service Setting 1

Second week:  Divine Service Setting 4

Third week:  Divine Service Setting 5

Fourth week:  Divine Service Setting 3

Fifth week:  Matins (with communion)

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