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Omaldo Perez

Omaldo Perez has served in Lutheran congregations across the US and is now Cantor at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, Ohio, where he enjoys working with the young voices ensemble Cantorei Jr.

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Hymns to Connect with the Presentation of Our Lord

Posted on Jan 24, 2023 9:00:00 AM by Omaldo Perez in Hymnody

For the imaginatively inclined, the church calendar provides endless opportunities to delve into stories creatively. The upcoming Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (February 2), falling precisely forty days after Christmas, is no exception. As a pedagogical strategy, projecting ourselves into the story gives us a chance to playfully engage with the material, increasing the likelihood of making unexpected connections. Moreover, full immersion in the biblical narratives seems to be the starting point for many of our hymns, making our hymnody fertile ground for meditation or personal devotion.

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On Gratitude, Joy, and Hope

Posted on Aug 4, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Omaldo Perez in gratitude, in Hope, in joy

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is thank you, it will be enough.
Meister Eckhart.

Gratitude, the condition of being thankful or the readiness to show appreciation, is both a feeling and a disposition. In the last few decades, science and popular culture have rediscovered what our hymns have long taught us: science has ascertained its health benefits, and self-help books remind us that it is one of the habits we need to develop to achieve peace of mind.

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Discovering Baptismal Connections in the Church Calendar

Posted on Jan 6, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Omaldo Perez in Hymnody, in Music Ministry

A few months ago, I was struck by a bit of information: I learned trees in a forest are connected and “speak” to each other using the mycorrhizal network under the soil. The exchange of chemicals between mycelium and trees—as well as their symbiotic relationship—as it turned out, form a beautiful, vibrant, and interdependent community.

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Drawing from the Well of Inspiration

Posted on Nov 9, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Omaldo Perez in Hymnody, in Music Ministry, in writing, in music

“Anybody can write . . . that is easy, but to write with a specific audience in mind, using the right amount of amusement and persuasion, to address them in a manner that is relevant and insightful, while offering practical advice in a convivial manner—that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.”

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Lessons from the Exile of the Pandemic

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Omaldo Perez in Music Ministry

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7

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