Musically Speaking Winter 2018
” … for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”
Phillipians 3:14 (The Living Bible)
Wow! By the time you open this issue of the Almanac, Christmas 2017 will be a celebration in our past – chronologically speaking! However, in the context of life’s journey, it doesn’t have to be just another “Christmas past”! This year has really flown by and has definitely been chucked full of experiences - some views from the top of mountains and we’ve had walks thru valleys, too. Both extremes are included in what we call “life”.
Two poems help me think about the full pendulum swing through the types of choices I (we) make. The first, “Footprints In The Sand”, helps me be especially grateful for the times God carried me over life’s speed bumps (or lifted me out of Michigan potholes). In my case, I know he has a perfect track record, in spite of my crazy choices! The second, “The Road Less Traveled”, reminds me that every day I (we) make choices and those choices do make a difference. Here are key excerpts of each poem:
"… My precious child, I love you
and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."– Mary Stevenson
“… Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both ….
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”– Robert Frost
Now, regarding Christmas 2017 – I need to say Thank You to so many people who helped us implement Julianne Princinsky’s vision of Advent Worship for this year. We certainly have explored the topic of “Light”! I’m still singing (to myself) the hymns and songs we used to imbed this topic in our minds and hearts. Of course, the key is that, even though we had a ton of fun together singing, we need to be watching and listening to the true “Light” (Jesus Christ) in and all around us, as we move into a new year.
As we start 2018, I believe St. Andrew’s is popping with potential. God has guided us through a pastoral retirement, He provided the temporary leadership of Julianne for Sunday Worship, we have an Interim Search in progress, and our Pastoral Nominating Committee is in the initial stages of launching the search for a permanent Pastoral Leader. We are truly pressing forward! I’m choosing to take a road less traveled and follow Christ’s leading on my 2018 Journey.
To all of the above, as your Minister of Music, I am pleased that so many of our Ringers and Singers are willing to move closer to the edge of their comfort zone. Whether we change the location (in the Sanctuary) we are presenting music or trying a new technique or instrumentation, it all takes courage and patience – I’m proud of you folks! And, as was recently shared in our Prayer Time, I have grown significantly the last fourteen years – that’s a good thing! Going into 2018, I’m looking forward to continuing to share a wide variety of music in Worship, and continued growth and support in how we do music for Worship.
In closing, Linda and I want to say thank you for your continued friendship, generosity, and prayers. You always make us feel special, when it’s time to Celebrate special days and events at St. Andrew’s – this Christmas was certainly no exception. I (we) truly have reason for “Hope” moving into 2018 – let’s walk forward together with confidence!
Happy New Year and God Bless,