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Music ... and Silence

Posted on May 13, 2013 11:10:08 AM by Renee H. Friday in 1 Kings 19, in anticipate, in music, in Potpourri, in receive, in silence

There are two important silences whenever a piece of music is offered, whether in church or the concert hall. The first silence precedes the music; it can be as short as a heartbeat, or as long as the conductor decides. This silence is for "anticipation and preparation", as everyone gets ready for the music to come. The music then grows from the silence. When the music has ended, there is another important silence, the "receiving" silence. In this short pause, the audience can sometimes be heard to inhale as they receive the music and its meaning, and choose what to do next. Clap? Hold still and quiet, savoring the moment? The receiving silence calls upon the listeners to make a decision.

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Music that "Feeds" Us

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 7:58:33 AM by Renee H. Friday in accessibility, in Assembly Song, in feed, in meaning, in music, in quality, in theology

When you’re hungry, what do you crave? Comfort food (macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, steak)? Something gourmet (escargot, anyone?)? Nutrition-packed fruits and veggies (mmm, zucchini)? Exotic cuisine (Thai or Japanese)? Or, perhaps “fast-food” (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza)?

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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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Worship as Spiritual Formation

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 8:26:25 AM by Valerie Hess in formation, in music, in Potpourri, in pray, in spiritual, in text

The Latin phrase lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi essentially means “how we pray influences what we believe and how we live our lives.” The phrase is important because it means that all aspects of worship influence spiritual formation, both for individuals and for gathered worshiping communities. Spiritual formation is anything, Christ-centered or not, that forms our deepest being. Everyone on the planet has a spiritual formation of some kind, for good or for ill, as everything we read, sing, and listen to contributes to the formation of our souls and spirits.

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Five Keys to New Life

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 7:34:11 AM by Nancy Raabe in children, in communications, in enliven, in faith, in formation, in ideas, in music, in Potpourri, in worship

 

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What is Lutheran Church Music?

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 9:08:48 AM by Michael Krentz in lutheran, in music, in Potpourri

Around the church we can hear things like “that song is not very Lutheran!” Or “why don’t we sing any good Lutheran hymns?” Or “Lutheran church music is _____ (fill in the blank: beautiful, boring, diverse, dying, etc.).” Any such things pre-suppose that there are Lutheran songs or that there is Lutheran church music. So then quickly we ask “what is Lutheran church music?”

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Quote of Note

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 2:58:40 PM by Augsburg Fortress in God, in music, in Potpourri, in prayer, in quote

God gave us music that we might pray without words. —Unknown

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