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Musically Speaking                                                          Summer 2018

“Becoming All You Were Created To Be – His Servants”

Wow – what a Springtime we’ve had at St. Andrew’s! We welcomed an Interim Pastor, the Pastoral Nominating Committee is meeting regularly, the Congregation - together and individually - pondered the Lenten Journey in preparation for Holy Week, we traversed the highs and lows of Palm Sunday through Holy Week, Celebrated Christ’s Victory on Easter Morning, and prepared for our 60th Anniversary Celebration. All while we continued our daily and weekly events. We have been a busy Congregation and, by the time you receive this edition of the Almanac, Memorial Day weekend will be upon us soon.

 It’s no wonder sometimes we risk just being “busy” doing what we do (because it’s easy and familiar), when we actually could be growing as Children of the Risen King! I have shared in prior writings that I truly believe and have experienced the truth that God has a wonderful plan for our life, if we will only listen and watch for it; and, “act on it!”

 I have experienced a great deal of personal growth the last 12-plus months, as a result of challenging and forcing myself to implement change – both in long-term and shorter blocks of time. Two major influences in my life have been the Wednesday morning Bible Study and our Music Ministry at St. Andrew’s.

 The Wednesday Morning study group has forced me out of my secure little “thought box”. I have been reminded that the Characters of the Bible we studied were just people of a different culture and time – ordinary people, shall we say! Yet, these “characters” (and believe me, some of them were real characters) are part of our Christian Heritage. More recently, I’m led to ask myself some very thought provoking questions that help me understand the “Jesus Code”- our current study material. I need to have answers about Him, and how these actually affect me, so that I can understand more of what I am to become in this life.

 Musically Speaking this has been a very challenging time period in Music Ministry at St. Andrew’s. Illness, weather, personal schedules of Ringers and Singers and commitment to the Ministry have all had heavy influence on how I led our groups. Overall, I’m declaring the 2017-18 Worship season a musical success – PTL! We are closing down ‘til fall with the Chancel Choir, St. Andy’s Ringers and the Celestial Ringers all functioning well. I give God the praise for our positive steps forward and I’m grateful that we’ve learned from the times we’ve stubbed our toe on the coffee table at 3am. (It’s okay to chuckle – I know you’ve experienced that pain at some point!) Being your Music Minister is still exciting and I’m already formulating a vision of what we could look like this fall.

 I must not forget to thank any and all of you who in anyway made it possible to acquire our new Schumerich g5 Classic-Plus Carillon bell system. It is a gift via the Memorial Fund and is everything its predecessor was, plus much more and certainly far more flexible to use. I’m finding that playing it “live” has a greater learning curve than I anticipated, but I’m hoping to get a firm grip on that skill this summer. May it reflect and present to the surrounding community Praise and Honor to God, by rendering this special style of music from our roof top. It was dedicated with this intent on May 6th, in our Worship service and special selections were featured several times that morning.

 Looking ahead… I anticipate that Music Ministry this fall will start out very similar to the way we have ended this musical season. I’m asking all of our Ringers and Singers – past, present, and wanna-b’s - to be thinking about their commitment to Music Ministry this fall. As soon as you have knowledge to share, I need to include that in my early planning, because it has an impact on budgeting, time management and music selections for practice. I sincerely appreciate your input!

 I thank you so much for the past and I have every reason to believe that there are some very exciting experiences ahead at St. Andrew’s; as we Worship, work, play and share together. So, enjoy your summer and let’s make great harmony together, as we grow in the Lord and ministry here in Davison. Through Him, we are able to become more and more of what God created us to be – Servants!

 

                                                Merle

 

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