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,
The first week in March we will be observing National Lutheran Schools Week. Our Savior Lutheran School is celebrating in many and various ways -- including our opening worship service on March 1 featuring student leaders of all ages from our student body. We will give thanks to God for His many blessings and for being our Leader and Teacher. Thanks to those of you who attended that special service.
Lutheran schools have been leading for many years! Lutheran schools (early childhood centers, elementary schools, high schools of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) are leading children to Jesus in all parts of this country and in the world. For example…
Lutheran schools are leaders in Christian education, offering a quality Christ-centered education for all ages.
Lutheran schools are training leaders for professional church ministry and for work in the many lay roles of the church.
Lutheran schools are served by faithful leaders in the classrooms, in administrative positions and in many other roles.
Lutheran schools shine like stars in leadership. They shine because Jesus is the servant leader who sacrificed His life for each of us.
As we are led by His love and care we continue to hold tightly to God’s Word and trust in the Lord who is our Solid Rock at Our Savior Lutheran School and Church.
Thank you for your support of our Lutheran School. It is truly a blessing and honor to serve Christ in this magnificent place!
Hope to see you in worship!
Director of Music
Our Savior Music “Notes”
Lutheran High School Northwest Concert On Saturday, March 21, the Concert Choir of Lutheran High School Northwest from Rochester Hills, Michigan will perform a concert at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 4 PM. The 60-voice choir will be touring through several states including stops in Ohio, Tennessee, and Indiana. The program entitled “Anchored” includes works from a variety of eras in many different styles including pieces by Robert Shaw & Alice Parker, Rene Clausen, Michael Barrett, and Moses Hogan. A free will offering will be taken to defray tour costs. Please join us!
Wednesday, March 18 Evening Lenten Worship 7:00 pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church & School
Fairborn, Ohio 45324
Thursday, March 19 Heavenly Host Lutheran Church & School
Cookeville, TN 38501
Friday, March 20 Ascension Lutheran Church 7:00 pm
Madison, TN 37115
Saturday, March 21 Our Savior Lutheran Church & School 4:00 pm
Louisville, KY 40222
Sunday, March 22 Morning Services 8:15 & 10:45 am
Advent Lutheran Church
Zionsville, IN 46077
Sunday, March 29 Our Shepherd Lutheran Church 7:00 pm
Birmingham, MI 48009
Spring Sing 2020 is in the works at Our Savior Lutheran School. The school choirs in grades 2-8 are busy putting together a very entertaining musical, the Young@Part edition of “Spamalot.” (Edited for young actors!) Their show is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 PM. There will also be special music by our handbell ensembles. Come and enjoy the show!
Volunteers are needed for upcoming OSLS Spring Sing production of “Spamalot.”
Can you help us out? Contact Scott Kamman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set building and assembling
Big props needed to borrow:
Old sparkly chandelier
Fake electric fireplace logs
Used cans of latex paint (any color) or white primer
Solid color skirts
Any Renaissance or Medieval style attire or props
Spring Sing TOO! will feature our Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade students. They will be performing songs from their “Greatest Hits Tour” on Thursday, May 14, at 7PM. Put these fun dates on your calendar and come join us.
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.
Small children: While we encourage children to be present in worship, sometimes they may not be interested in being quiet. That happens. In such cases, we ask you to utilize the upstairs cry room opposite the elevator or take your child out of the sanctuary for a while. Talking to young children before church starts about the importance of staying quiet in worship is something that we encourage all parents to do. Soft and gentle toys are also encouraged. Please always keep in mind the needs of other worshipers when making such parenting decisions. Thank you.
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.)
Drummer/Bass Player/Singers/Instrumentalists Needed for Contemporary Worship Teams We are still in need of some new instrumentalists in our Praise Team Band! If you would like to sing or play on a regular basis, talk to Scott (426-1130 or email@example.com ). Time commitment depends solely on you, as little or as much as you desire.
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:
What is Lent about?
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (not counting Sundays), ending on the eve of Easter. This year it began on February 26.
Lent began as a time of preparation and instruction for those who were going to be baptized on Easter Eve. Eventually, Lent was a time set aside for all Christians to show their devotion to God by fasting and worshiping more often.
Lent emphasizes the confession of sins. The ashes are a reminder that our bodies will someday return to the dust of the earth. But on the Sundays of Lent we are reminded of God’s forgiveness and how Christ’s death opened the way to eternal life for all believers.
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)
Lenten schedule: Mark your calendar! Our Lenten midweek services begin on Ash Wednesday, February 26 and continue through Wednesday, April 1. All services are at 7:00 PM and are about 45 minutes in length. Come to Calvary’s holy mountain, sinners, ruined by the fall!
February quiz: The hymn which asks “Who will answer, gladly saying, ‘Here am I, send me, send me” is “Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling.”
March quiz: Which hymn states, “Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee”?
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!
March 4 Mr. Wrucke
March 11 Grade 7
March 18 Mr. Kamman
March 25 Pastor Cook
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 March, they will be learning “Jesus Grant That Balm and Healing.” This hymn text was written by Johanna Heermann. As a hymnwriter Heermann ranks with the beat of his century, some indeed regarding him as second only to Gerhardt. He had begun writing Latin poems about 1605, and was crowned as a poet at Brieg on Oct. 8, 1608. He marks the transition from the objective standpoint of the hymnwriters of the Reformation period to the more subjective and experimental school that followed him. His hymns are distinguished by depth and tenderness of feeling; by firm faith and confidence in face of trial; by deep love to Christ, and humble submission to the will of God. Many of them became at once popular, passed into the hymnbooks, and still hold their place among the classics of German hymnody.
1 Jesus, grant that balm and healing
In Your holy wounds I find,
Ev’ry hour that I am feeling
Pains of body and of mind.
Should some evil thought within
Tempt my treach’rous heart to sin,
Show the peril, and from sinning
Keep me from its first beginning.
5 O my God, my rock and tower,
Grant that in Your death I trust,
Knowing death has lost its power
Since You crushed it in the dust.
Savior, let Your agony
Ever help and comfort me;
When I die be my protection,
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