February 15th, 2018

Mid Week Musing

With my first service behind me, I would like to thank everyone for their generous outpouring of welcome and hospitality this past Sunday.  It was an honor to be a part of such an energetic service.  I am already impressed by the many programs that nurture this congregation and serve the community, and I am excited to share in these ministries.

For the past 33 years I have served two churches, Episcopal and Lutheran, as organist, choir director and liturgist, being guided for the most part by the Book of Common Prayer.   To leave that tradition is a bit daunting, but I remind myself that the role of music remains constant, regardless of the worship tradition.  Music illumines the word and unites us in common praise.  In the words of the hymn When in our Music God is Glorified,How often, making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia.”  I look forward to exploring those dimensions with you!

I would like to personally invite each of you to be a part of the music ministry at BPC.  Our Children’s Choir, A Joyful Noise!, is open to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and rehearses Sunday mornings at 10 am.  Our handbell choir rehearses at 5:45 on Wednesday evening and we are currently looking for additional ringers.  The handbell choir is open to high school students and adults; music reading is required.  The BPC Choir is open to high school students and adults and rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 and sings for the 10:30 worship service on Sundays.  New singers are always welcome!  For additional information, please feel free to speak with me after worship or contact me via email at Steve@blacksburgpres.org.

Steve Lawrence
Director of Music/Organist

Scripture Readings for the Week:
Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9