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Chrisopher Fritzsche, Music Ministry Director
Thank you again for a wonderful opportunity to be part of the musical magic of the candlelight service. Will took photos and so I am hoping to share some of them. Could you please share with the choir. Feel free to post a couple to our website. Hope you are resting and having a nice break after all your work. You and Edward are an amazing leadership team. I am blessed to be a part of it all!
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:23
Our Music Ministry is gearing up for the Sacred Season of Thanksgiving and Christmas with preparations by the One Heart Choir for our traditional Thanksgiving Eve service. Although October 21st is the launch of their choir season, many people look forward to hearing and singing along with the choir as we celebrate the power of gratitude in our lives. At the same time, a dedicated group of singers are tirelessly preparing for Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service, all the while still keeping up with the music for Sundays and Wednesdays.
This is a musically talented congregation and we are blessed to have so many volunteers contribute, not only with talent, but with expert hours in sound technology, construction and organization.
We just completed our sound renovation plan for 2013 and are already beginning to implement it ahead of schedule. The plan focuses on upgrading electricity on stage to to ferret out those pesky little buzzes that inevitably creep in when technical demands are as complicated as ours are. We will also be manufacturing and installing the remaining sound baffles to complete the acoustical treatment of our sanctuary which is intended to make sound even more clear and beautiful - especially congregational singing (yes, I mean you!)
You may also notice the hanging of new lighting above the stage which uses a miniscule amount of electricity in comparison to the existing lights which are being phased out in keeping with our community preference for ecologically sound technology.
Never a dull moment in the Music Ministry!
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:34
What a beautiful experience it was singing with all of you...There is no place else I would rather have been than with you tonight, singing and sharing and allowing Spirit to express through us in such a unique and beautiful way. Merry Christmas! May 2012 bring us all a greater experience of Peace, Prosperity and Love!!
Thank you Brad.
Ditto from me--so much fun, such an honor to sing with all of you.
Thank you, Brad! Like you, I am filled up with Gratitude! Thank you, Chris, for making it possible! I loved every minute of our experience - from the very first rehearsal.
I count Christmas Choir as some of my most blissful memories! Each one of you is so precious to me!
Let's do it again!
Love, Love, Love!
I echo Brad & Carol. Such a sweet labor of love that we gave birth to last night. So many hearts were touched. I am so honored to be part of this group. Thank you Chris! Thanks all. I love you!
Singing with All of You has been a highlight of my year. I do so hope to get together again, and soon. Merry Christmas, all!
Thank you Calvin.
Yes, it has been a beautiful and fulfilling experience to sing in sacred harmony. I feel blessed to know each one of us a little more through our laughter, sharing and practice together. The desire to do more singing together comes into my heart also. I join with you, Calvin and others, in gratitude for this awesome opportunity to share as a choir with the excellent combination of high expectation and love of Chris' direction. The quality of the bass, barry and tenor parts, in clarity and volume was wonderful to hear. Thank you all for giving all it takes to create last night.
May Christmas and the New Year bless you all abundantly.
With less than 2 days past our wonderful musical experience on Xmas Eve, my heart is still aglow with the joy of the beautiful experience of singing such glorious music with Chris, our beloved leader. It has been uplifting, inspiring and deeply moving to be with all of you and I look forward to being able to do it again next year.
May 2012 bring each of you unlimited blessings and much joy.
Dearest Angelic Choir Peeps,
Such a blessing to share Christmas Eve together. I sadly put away my little black binder until next fall... but the tunes and words and peace of the evening are still resonating in my heart. Blessings and joy to all for the coming days and coming new year.
xoxo In Joy, Emily
Thank you for your vision and creativity with repertoire and arrangements. What makes it exciting for all of us is your courage to strike out on a course of variety and multi-dimensional musical expression. Under your leadership we get to experience not only a quest for excellence with our instruments but you share with us the painting on a broad canvas with a spectrum of colors as we create the event. To participate in one of your musical programs is to expand our passions and expressions in this art form What a gift of life you give us and give to the congregation. I too, like the others have written, am profoundly grateful for you and for all my fellow musicians with whom I shared this blessed event. I too am awe struck at the emotional edification through it...and I too can't help but glance at the calendar to see how long it will be before I get to start working on the next one. Happy New Year everyone! Steve
Once again, Chris, thank you soooo much for allowing me to be part of YOUR Christmas Eve Choir. It was an honor and I echo what Steve Easterling expressed so beautifully. You are a brilliant gem, and I look forward to the next time.........Love, Mary M.
Yes indeed! What a sweet gift to be included with all of you beautiful people in this wonderful, magical evening! What a sweet blessing to get to spend the holidays with my people - that's you! Thank to you each of you, and to me, for the consciousness that allows such great great good to p[our through our community - and to bless our Center in this beautiful way. The choir - OMG - just amazingly beautiful - every little thing....just yummy - yummilicious. Grateful, Melissa
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:34
I'm always touched when the congregation really sings back on some of our congregational songs. Of course I expect to hear that with rousing renditions of some of our old favorites like Rickie Byar's "I Release" and many of Linda Webb-Khakaba's songs, but I'm also delighted when I hear you all singing back so beautifully on songs from our Science of Mind Hymnal... did you even know we had one? We do! It was first published (as best I can tell) in the 1950's and it's mostly full of songs borrowed from other religions and traditions that best matched our then relatively young philosophy. "Open My Eyes" is one song from this hymnal and I appreciate how strongly folks sing this song, either because they know it from their early Science of Mind days or maybe even from another religion or tradition. Today we have many wonderful composers and artists creating music specifically for our tradition and those songs are great and so well tailored to our philosophy, and there's also something beautiful about revisiting some of these older tunes and hymns that for many of us go deep just because of how long they've been a part of our lives. Some old hymns of course do not reflect our philosopy, but it's an interesting challenge to "reinterpret" the words of some of these old hymns in light of Science of Mind just as when we reinterpret and in a way reclaim parts of the bible that have been used in ways that don't reflect Science of Mind or contradict it completely. I find that some of the words and phrases that I can get hung up on are not only relatively easy and revealing to reinterpret but also serve to show me where I may be stuck or hung up in my thinking regarding a certain word or phrase just because of my history with it and the way some have translated or interpreted them. If you were at our Sunday service this past Jan 9th you'll know that together we've been singing "Open My Eyes" and here is an appreciation from Debra below, posted with her permission.
I was so pleased to have “Open Mine Eyes” on the music list today (1/9/11). I come from a Christian background which I know is steeped in Jesus and that people have problems with. However, the old hymns are something that I still really love and have a deep connection with. As I’ve moved from Jesus based religion to Science of Mind, I’ve missed the music. I continue to appreciate and enjoy old hymns and as I read and sing them with a new understanding, I see there is a lot of depth and connection there to Spirit as we teach it. I loved having you have Open Mine Eyes—I knew the music and the words so I could quickly respond and sing along as well as really understand and reflect the emotion of the song. I encourage you to continue to seek out songs from the Christian religion that expresses our desire to know and manifest God more fully. Honestly, there is a fantastic version of “Be Still My God” from Bill and Gloria Gaither that is totally Science of Mind. It is all about doing the things that we profess. Check it out and see if it is something that you want to incorporate into your music ministry—I find it an affirmation.
All my best,
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 20:34