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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

October 2007 - Music Notes

Music Notes by Jessica Baier


“Draw us in the Spirit’s tether; for when humbly in Thy name,

Two or three are met together; Thou art in the midst of them.”

(Draw us in the Spirit’s tether, Harold W. Friedell)

These words are taken from the anthem we are singing on October 7, World Communion Sunday.  The words are also found in scripture:  Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am there among them.”  I have always taken these words to heart, and remember them often during Sunday morning worship, when I’m having a meaningful discussion with a good friend, and most of all, during choir and handbell rehearsals. 

            In his book Rehearsing the Soul, Terry York describes “family” as an environment in which we learn to handle joys and jealousies, sorrows and celebrations, hugs and hassles.  We use the term family in such a broad sense, not just to describe those who are related to us, but in terms of groups who have common interests, commitment, geography, etc.  In our own worship service on September 9, many people stated that Bower Hill Community Church is a huge family of believers, and I have come to believe that myself. 

            “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, I am there among them.”  That certainly covers duets, quartets, and surely the three musical ensembles we have in this place.  Being aware of Jesus’ presence has an effect on families that are centered on Him.  Christ’s presence forces us to remember His teachings and life example.  Seeing ourselves and one another through Jesus’ eyes will cause us to be closer and more loving.  That helps the music we produce.  It is as if the Holy Spirit hums along, adding a spiritual pedal point to our harmony.  The Holy Spirit can take our one song and customize the hearing of it for the application needed in each heart in the church family.  Look around at those in the Chancel Choir, the Handbell Choir, and the King’s Kids Clappers.  They are family.  Jesus died for each of them and promised to sit in with the group.  We need to enjoy the fellowship.  We need to be in awe of God’s grace.  We need to be aware of Jesus’ presence, and thank God for the family.


King’s Kids Clappers - Wednesdays at 4.30 p.m.

Handbell Choir - Thursdays at 6.30 p.m.

Chancel Choir - Thursdays at 7.45 p.m.


You are all invited to join our musical family here at BHCC.