Check back here each month for the Worship and Music Ministry update from our Music Director, Scott Kamman
Notes from the Music Director
Dear friends in Christ,
Would you go to school or work in your pajamas? If you are a teenager, would you go on a date without brushing your teeth? (Your date hopes not!) If you are answering “no way!” to these questions, you realize the importance of preparing yourself for certain situations.
There are preparations for worship that make our experience of God possible. God is always with us in the presence of the Holy Spirit. However, we so often rush through life that we may fail to realize that God is with us.
At its very essence, worship is God’s Spirit touching our spirit. To realize that God is touching us, we need more than space and time set aside. We who are uniting for worship also need a cue to shift from thoughts about ourselves or conversations with others to a corporate worship mindset. Our experience is better if we are prepared.
We first need to realize that the best place for our conversations and discussions is in the narthex or lobby area downstairs. It is wonderful to visit and fellowship with others, so long as we do not disturb those in the sanctuary who are preparing to worship. Once we enter God’s House, our voices should show reverence in their volume.
In our Joyful Heritage service, the prelude is typically the first act of worship for our services. Prelude literally means “that which is played before.” The prelude is like the school bell that alerts students that class has begun. It is a time to sit quietly and clear our minds of worldly distractions. In our Majestic Celebration service, it is the same, except that time is dedicated to music that prepares us for singing later in the service.
It is after the prelude has finished that the church bell calls our attention to the light of Christ as it is brought into the sanctuary. This act is a visible reminder that stimulates our awareness that we are in the presence of the Lord.
After a brief welcome and pertinent announcements, our service begins with the Invocation to recall our baptismal grace, and often with a Call to Worship, responses between the worship leader and the congregation to introduce the theme or tone of the service. At other times, we may open with a hymn or song that gathers our thoughts and prepares us.
With this understanding of these beginning elements of our worship service, how can we prepare? Always allow the Word of God to shape all that we say, sing and do. Realize the presence of the Lord in His temple and open your heart accordingly to respond.
“… the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” Hab. 2:20
[Jesus declared,] “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
Hope to see you in worship!
Director of Music
Our Savior Music “Notes”
Thanksgiving Eve Service: This year we will once again be offering one service on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 PM. Come, you thankful people, come!
October quiz: The contemporary song that speaks of “Love so undeniable I can hardly speak,
peace so unexplainable I can hardly think” is “Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin, one of the top contemporary songs that we sing in worship.
November quiz: Which hymn reminds us that “He helps us free from ev’ry need that hath us now o’ertaken?”
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!
November 6 -- Mr. Kamman
November 13 -- Pastor Cook
November 20 – Hymn and Song Fest
Tuesday, November 26 Grade 5
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 November, they will be learning the hymn, “For All the Saints,” written by William W. How. The stanzas of the hymn describe the common life of all the saints: the credit due to Jesus Christ for drawing us all to Him, the strength and guidance we continue to draw from Him, our joint communion in Christ, the continuing struggle against evil, and the coming day when the dead shall rise and we shall all worship together before God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. No matter what path each of us travels, we all will enjoy the same glorious eternal life.
1 For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,
Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
2 Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
Thou, Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true light.
3 Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old
And win with them the victor’s crown of gold!
4 Oh, blest communion, fellowship divine!
We feebly struggle, they in glory shine;
Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
5 And when the fight is fierce, the warfare long,
Steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
6 The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
7 But, lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day:
The saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of Glory passes on His way.
8 From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Public domain
Coming soon! Celebrate Christmas 2019! On Thursday evening, December 12, at 7:00 PM, Our Savior Lutheran School students will be sharing their songs and music of the season. Our lower grade students will be performing a Christmas musical, “Guess Who’s Coming to Bethlehem?” Our older students will provide special Christmas music guaranteed to warm your heart. Put it on your calendar and join us for this special night. Special desserts and hot cocoa will be served by our faculty.
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.
Hearing Assist devices: Had trouble hearing well in our sanctuary? These small sound amplifying devices are available from the ushers. Please ask for them! They amplify what is going through our sound system. If you would like to purchase your own personal set of earphones for use with the church sound system, please contact the church office. (These devices do not work outside the sanctuary.)
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 2
Second week: Divine Service Setting 4
Third week: Divine Service Setting 5
Fourth week: Divine Service Setting 3
Fifth week: Matins (no communion)