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,
Most of us don’t like to think about our own passing. Taking some time to plan a little, though, can really benefit your family and make your funeral a very meaningful service for all who remain. I’ve had several people express an interest in having a say in their OWN funeral service someday. Have you thought about what you would like your own funeral or memorial service to be like? Does your family know about your thoughts or ideas? Maybe now is a good time to write some things down or discuss your wishes with your loved ones.
A Christian’s funeral service should be a kind of homecoming, a celebration of that person’s life, as well as a joyful recognition of the great reward they have achieved upon their death. We rejoice with triumphant hymns, reassuring Scripture, and fervent prayers in heartfelt worship. We feel the warm love and concern of family, friends, and our loving God.
What are some things to consider when planning a funeral or memorial service?
What uplifting hymns or songs would you like to include? It is very appropriate to sing Easter hymns, reminding us of past Easters when we celebrated Christ’s resurrection and the assurance of our own future resurrection. Hymns about redemption through Baptism are wonderfully reassuring. Favorite songs of hope and comfort abound. Singing the liturgy can also be very comforting, especially the Nunc Dimittis (Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace…). Let the congregation sing and the organ play loudly the praise of the Resurrected Lord!
Some suggested hymns or songs:
Amazing GraceBaptized Into Thy Name Most HolyBe Still My Soul
Beautiful SaviorChildren of the Heavenly Father
Christ the Lord Is Risen TodayFor All the SaintsHow Great Thou Art I’m But a Stranger Here
I Know That My Redeemer LivesJerusalem, My Happy HomeJesus Loves Me
Just As I AmJesus Christ, My Sure DefenseLift High the Cross
A Mighty FortressMy Faith Looks Up to Thee On Eagles’ WingsThe Lord’s My Shepherd
The Church’s One FoundationThe King of Love My Shepherd Is
What a Friend We Have in JesusWhen Peace Like a River (It Is Well with My Soul)
What readings would I like to include? Traditionally, our worship includes a reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. Find comforting readings that are familiar to you. Search for words of assurance that mean something to you. Do you have a Confirmation verse that could be used? The pastor can provide much help here. Overall, make sure that the Gospel is heard clearly and in a memorable way, because this may be the only time some of the people present will ever hear the Gospel!
Some suggested Scripture passages:
Isaiah 61:1-3, 10
1 Corinthians 15:20-26
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
1 Peter 1:3-9
1 John 3:1-2
What details do I need to convey? Make sure that your loved ones know your specific preferences. Who would you like to preach? Who will be pall bearers? Where will the service be? Where should memorial funds be designated? Write down your birth date, your baptismal date, your confirmation date, your wedding date. The more your family knows, the less they have to research or guess. Write your preferences down, make a file, and give them to a trusted family member or to your pastor!
Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
Hope to see you in worship!
Director of Music
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)
Answer to the December quiz: The hymn which tells us, “This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing” is “What Child Is This.” (LSB 370)
January quiz: Which hymn paints the picture for us: “Cold on His cradle the dewdrops are shining”?
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!
January 8 Camp Lakeview crew
January 15 Mr. Wrucke
January 22 Mr. Kamman
January 29 Grades 2 & 3
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 January, they will be learning “As With Gladness, Men of Old.” This hymn is a prayer for God's presence in our lives as we draw closer to Him. The Magi showed faith in God and eagerness, as well as sacrifice, in their journey to see the Christ-child. So may we live as though we really believe and eagerly look forward to the day when we shall one day see Him. In the third stanza, the gifts of the Magi are not even named. The Magi took the trouble to bring “gifts most rare” on a long journey. So may we “All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.” This pilgrimage is not easy, so we sing, “Holy Jesus, every day keep us in the narrow way,” remembering that Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14, ESV).
1 As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led by Thee.
2 As with joyful steps they sped,
Savior, to Thy lowly bed,
There to bend the knee before
Thee, whom heav’n and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.
3 As they offered gifts most rare
At Thy cradle, rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heav’nly King.
4 Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.
5 In the heav’nly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its light, its joy, its crown,
Thou its sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King. Public domain