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New Choral Titles for Lent, Easter, Spring 2015

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 8:32:41 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in easter, in lent, in Planning, in Potpourri, in spring

Sometimes we confuse somber with slow, penitential with plodding. Although the pace of worship and music matters, and in some ways tempo and piety are intertwined, they are not as formulaic as their use in Christian worship sometimes might suggest. Faster does not equal more joyous. Consider popular music. Some of the quickest music around—bluegrass and death metal—can be both dark and penitential, often in the extreme.

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Gospel Acclamations for Lent through Holy Trinity

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 10:43:21 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in holy trinity, in lent, in Planning, in Potpourri

The gospel acclamation is a high point of celebration in the assembly. It is the assembly’s opportunity to welcome the reading of the gospel in its midst, to rejoice for the great gift of God’s word, and to gather around the reading. It is an anticipation of the gospel reading to come and a response to the word it has already heard. The choir may have a role in leading the acclamation, providing a descant or singing the proper verse. However, on most days it is not advisable for the choir to sing the entire acclamation in the assembly’s place (the days of Lent and Holy Week may be an exception, when the proper acclamations are less easily sung by an assembly). This is the assembly’s response, and at least the alleluia needs the entire assembly’s voice.

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I Want Jesus to Walk with Me

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 1:03:44 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in ELW, in lent, in Planning, in spirituals

"I want Jesus to walk with me;
I want Jesus to walk with me;
all along my pilgrim journey,
Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me."
—Text: African American spiritual

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Music Sourcebook for Lent and the Three Days

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 3:23:15 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in lent, in Planning, in three days, in Uncategorized

In 2006, with the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, a trajectory of worship renewal that had begun generations earlier and had already become quite clear with Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) continues. Among the primary markers of this path are a renewed emphasis on the sacraments in general and baptism in particular; encouragement of shared leadership in worship, including prominent roles for laypeople; the recognition that music in worship—and especially song—needs to belong at heart to the worshiping assembly; and a recovery of the Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter as the very center of the church's year. These last two points, particularly, find expression in this collection of music for Lent and the Three Days.

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Planning Lent Worship in Our Small Parish

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 4:32:53 PM by Augsburg Fortress in adult education, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Good Friday, in lent, in Planning, in St. John's Passion

This week's contributor John Schlobom works in Customer Care at Augsburg Fortress in addition to serving as Director of Music at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer in southwest Minneapolis. He has some good seasonal suggestions for Lent and Holy Week music planning.

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Lenten Music as Pastoral Care

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 9:17:05 AM by Victor E. Gebauer in lent, in music, in pastoral care, in Planning, in silence, in song

You probably will read this posting during Lent with its familiar themes and moods. Lent also plunges us into complicated, intense pastoral realities. The forty days invite us to admit our private or public grief, anger at God, confusion at injustice and pain, need for reconciliation, and despair over sin. The pastoral use of music in these deep-toned times of confession and renewal can be a true challenge.

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