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Hymns That Speak to Our Times

Posted on Jun 8, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Julie Grindle in Hymnody, in Music Ministry, in music

“Spirit, open my heart to the joy and pain of living. As you love may I love, in receiving and in giving. Spirit, open my heart.” (ACS 1043)

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The Piano as Song Enlivener

Posted on May 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Andrea Baxter in Music Ministry, in music

As a pianist who is not an organist, I sometimes lament the inability to aid the assembly’s song with sustained sound. After all, the attack of a hymn’s final chord is immediately followed by a decay, or dying away, of the sound on the piano. My experience has been that congregations often follow that lead and pull back with their voices, rather than hold on to a final chord with gusto.

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