Worship and Music Archive

Worship and Music News

Posted August 30, 2018 By admin

It was such a pleasure to return to the LBW & WOV hymnals for our Homecoming month. It sure felt a lot like I’d met up with an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time. I hope that you have also enjoyed this trip into the recent past of our church history.
In other news, I am very excited to welcome Angela Nuottila as our Children’s Choir leader. She will be teaching and directing while I accompany the choir. We have already chosen music and scheduled dates for the Children’s Choir to provide special music during worship as well as made plans for a Children’s Christmas Program (details to follow in the upcoming months). Children’s Choir will practice every Sunday afternoon at 3 pm in the sanctuary. The Choir is open to children in grades 3 through 6. I will continue to meet with all the children at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings for a short musical opening prior to Sunday School.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

Worship and Music News

Posted July 31, 2018 By admin

August is Homecoming month (can y’all believe it’s August already?!?) and plans are in the works for a wonderful service on the 26th. To start with, for the entire month of August we will return to using the Lutheran Book of Worship (or as we know it – “The Green Book”) and the With One Voice hymnals. Many of the favorite hymns that have been put into the Pick a Hymn box come from the LBW and WOV books, so we have a nice selection to choose from for August music.
We like to invite any former choir members to join us this month as we prepare for the Homecoming service. After taking the past several weeks off from practice, a choir social was held on July 25th. We enjoyed homemade ice cream and fellowshipped. Regular practices begin on August 1st. We’d love to see some new faces in with the returning singers!
Parents of children in kindergarten through 5th grade, please note that we will resume Sunday afternoon practices following Labor Day; in the meantime, I am still meeting with them before Sunday School each Sunday.
As always, I thank you for your support of the music ministry at St. Jacob’s.

Soli Deo Gloria
Laurie

Worship and Music News

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Wow! The response to “Pick a Hymn” for the choir anthem during June, July and August has been fabulous. We have over 50 hymns in the box. Several of the hymns were put in by more than one person. Some are newer hymns that were first introduced in the With One Voice hymnal, and some are old Gospel favorites, which just goes to show you that good music is good music no matter its age!

Now obviously, there aren’t 50 Sundays between now and the end of August, but the list of favorites that we are building will help us in selecting hymns for future services; either as beginning, sermon and closing hymns or as Congregational hymns. This list also gives me a starting point for choosing choir anthems. There are a few of the hymns that we are not allowed to print words or music in the bulletin because of copyright laws, but there is sure to be an arrangement out there for our choir to sing.
Meanwhile, keep those favorites coming – we’ll leave the box in the Narthex through the last Sunday of July, so there’s still time to put your favorite (s) in there. A quick update on Children’s Choir practice for the summer; we will continue to meet before Sunday School in the Nave but will suspend the Sunday afternoon practices until after Labor Day. We do still plan on singing the Sunday following VBS (July 22nd), but the songs will be learned during VBS week and ALL children will be encouraged to participate, regardless of what grade they’re in. I look forward to seeing you
there!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Laurie

Vacation Bible School

Posted June 26, 2018 By admin

Game On!
Gearing up for Life’s Big Game!
The Playbook!

VBS 2018: 2 Peter 1:3 – “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness
through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
VBS Game Dates: Sunday, July 15 thru Thursday, July 19
VBS Game Schedule:

5:45 – 6:20 Pre-Game Meal
6:20 – 6:30 Team Introductions (Skit and Daily Theme)
6:30 – 8:00 Game – VBS

There are Teams (classes) for all ages – Nursery through Adults
There will be crafts, lessons, music and games

Summer Sermon Series

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

On Sunday, June 3, Pastor David will begin a summer sermon series based on the Ten Commandments. Join us for worship this summer as we take a close look upon God’s expectations for His people, and the commandments that define God’s relationship with those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ.

From the Pastor

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

One of the things I enjoy most about being at St. Jacob’s is that our congregation has a very high regard for the sacraments. Holy Baptism and Holy Communion are the means through which God personally, physically and spiritually imparts His grace upon us. I am a bit concerned; however, at the amount of consecrated wine that seems to be wasted each week. Most members probably don’t realize it, but the majority of wine used each week is poured out, especially on days we serve by intinction. This is due to the size and shape of our chalices. But even on days we serve by individual cups, there is still too much wine left over.

Jesus says of the bread and wine, “This is my body…this is my blood.” Therefore, we are bound by faith to handle these elements with the utmost care and reverence. I have been working with members of the Altar Guild to address the problem of wastefulness. We have discussed simple modifications to the way we dispense the bread and wine. I believe that soon we should be practicing better stewardship of the communion elements.

Vacation Bible School

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

GAME ON is scheduled for July 15-19. We invite your kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drum line, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit with Game On – Gearing Up for Life’s Big Game!

(2 Peter 1:3) Adults don’t forget we will also be having classes for you too, so Game On.

What is your favorite hymn?

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

What is your favorite hymn? Haven’t heard it sung lately? Wish we’d sing it more often? Well, here’s your chance. This summer, we’d like to sing YOUR favorite hymns as anthems. Put the title of the hymn (or lyrics if you’re unsure of the title) into the box in the narthex. Then, one of the children will draw a hymn from the box and that hymn will be the anthem for the following Sunday. So don’t be shy – tell us those favorite hymns!

The Children’s Choir

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

The Children’s Choir will practice on the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month, from 5-6 pm, in the church. Also, we will continue to have a short, 10-minute music session at the beginning of Sunday School from 9:15 to 9:25 AM in the nave of the church, after which your children will be accompanied to their classrooms.

Worship and Music News

Posted May 30, 2018 By admin

I want to give a huge shout-out to the Children’s Choir! They are a fantastic group of young Christians (and believe me, they know how to spell that word!) and I am enjoying every minute I have with them.

To the congregation, thank you so much for your support of this ministry. To the parents and grandparents who bring the children to practice, thank you for encouraging them to participate. To those who have volunteered to assist at the practices, your presence is invaluable; it doesn’t just help me out, it also shows the children that you see the Children’s Choir as an important part of ministry at St. Jacob’s.

Just a reminder that you still have time to put your favorite hymn in the box in the Narthex. To fill all the anthem spots for June, July and August (except for Homecoming, which will have its own special music), we need 12 hymns! Hopefully, there will be more than 12 hymns in the box, in which case, we will use any remaining ones as communion hymns this fall. The box will be in the Narthex all summer, so you can drop a hymn in at any time.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Laurie