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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

March 2012 - 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.


Maundy Thursday Worship (April 5, 7:00 p.m.) will begin in the Fellowship Hall, with Communion and a meditation.  Following this, we will silently make our way into the candle-lit Sanctuary, to have special music by the Chancel Choir and readings of the Passion of Christ.  (This service will last only one hour despite the fact that it has two parts and two locations.)


The Chancel Choir will be singing a cantata for the second half of the Maundy Thursday Service entitled “Tenebrae:  A Service of Darkness.”  The cantata, written by Hal H. Hopson, will feature both contemporary and traditional selections.  Several readings accompanied by the extinguishing of candles bring this service to a meditative conclusion shrouded in darkness.  


The “service of darkness,” or Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), dates back to the 4th century, according to some sources.  Traditionally observed during Holy Week, it focuses on the final hours of Jesus’ life and crucifixion. 


For shadows to exist there must be light.  In the case of the Passion story of our Lord, that light, as the gospel of John tells us, “was the light of all people.” (John 1:4).  Tenebrae:  A Service of Darkness walks us through the final hours of Jesus’ life including His crucifixion.  But as John affirms, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)


In its original form, the cross was a tool of execution, or death.  But in the eyes of faith, it symbolizes victory and life eternal!  In a day when the powers of evil threaten to destroy our optimism for a brighter tomorrow, the cross stands as a reminder that love is stronger than hate, and that hope prevails in times of despair.  Standing in the shadow of the cross, we find comfort and courage in knowing that we can live in a future that is ultimately of God’s making!  (Lloyd Larson)


               Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

               The shadow of a mighty Rock within a weary land…

               I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place…

                              ~Elizabeth C. Clephane