theology and the arts
Holy Saturday 2023
I wrote a poem for Holy Saturday 2022 and it was a great creative and spiritual activity, so here’s a poem for this year: The Light of the World has been dimmed but still I rise to switch on the lamp, open the shades, let in the sun —and wait The Bread of Life has… Continue reading
The First Day of Christmas
Each week, I have anywhere between six and eleven rehearsals. Yesterday, however, was my favorite of the entire year: the first Christmas rehearsal. I realize it is only mid-October, but for musicians it might as well be the first day of Christmas. Spooky season and Christmas tend to blend together if you’re a musician…or Tim… Continue readingchoir music, choral music, chorale, chorale midwest, christmas, Christmas choir, Christmas music, church, church choir, devotional, gloria, gloria in excelsis deo, joy, Music, music life, musician, musicianlife, Musings, orchestra, piano, professional musician, randol alan bass, rehearsal, rejoice, sacred music, theology and the arts
Wednesday is a day of reorientation. Monday and Tuesday, I reflect on Sunday’s services. What went well? How did the music interact with the message? Was my preparation enough? On Wednesday, I turn my gaze toward the coming Sunday. I finalize my service binder, confirm my prelude and postlude, and rehearse with the choir. I… Continue readingblog, blogger, christian, christian blogger, Christian living, christian music, christianity, church, church musician, contemporary worship, devotional, faith, inspiration, journal, ministry, Music, music life, musician, organist, reflection, sacred music, theology and the arts, worship, writer, writing
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Preaching as the Choir
*The following is a paper written as part of my master’s coursework. The research and thought that generated this paper have had a profound impact on my thinking in regards to worship, and I return to these sources and ideas frequently. In the post-Christian age, sacred choral music remains “a significant part of many people’s… Continue reading
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