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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

November 2011 - Music Notes

Music Notes By Jessica Baier




Office Hours

Sunday: 7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

and 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


In October, we established an Acolyte program at Bower Hill.  This is for children from 2nd to 5th grade, to begin participating in the Worship service.  The Acolyte with the candle-lighter will lead the Pastor and the Lector down the aisle at the beginning of Worship, lighting the candles on the Communion Table to symbolize God’s presence in the church and God’s light in our hearts.  As the candles remain lit during the service, they remind us of God’s presence with us as we worship.  At the close of the service, the Acolyte will return to extinguish the candles on the Communion Table, but first will light the candle-lighter.  Carrying the lit candle-lighter, the Acolyte will then lead the Pastor and the Lector out into the narthex.  As the flame leaves the sanctuary, we are remembering God who lives in our hearts, and we are commissioned to take God’s light into the world by our witness and faith.


“I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12


The word Acolyte comes from the Greek word acolytos, which means companion, helper, or attendant.  This practice has its origin in the Old Testament, when we see the prophet Samuel assisting Eli the priest (1 Samuel 3).  The history of Acolytes is present in many Christian denominations, each denomination having variations of responsibilities. In the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Episcopal churches, the duties include being an altar server and cross bearer, as well as being the candle-lighter.  In most Protestant churches, the Acolyte is responsible for assisting the minister throughout the Worship service.


As the Holiday seasons are approaching, the Handbell

and Chancel Choirs are busy preparing music for several services. The Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service is at Bower Hill Church this year, and both choirs will join to provide music for this service.  We are also thankful to have special prelude music at this service offered by George Vosburgh.


The Handbell Choir has been invited to play a Holiday Concert at Concordia of the South Hills.  The concert will be Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m.  We will play a variety of pieces, including ‘Carol of the Bells,’ ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth,’ ‘People Look East,’ and a medley of secular tunes of pieces like ‘Up on the Housetop’ and ‘Jingle Bells.’