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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

February 2008 - Music Notes

Music Notes by Jessica Baier

We have transitioned quickly from the joyous birth of Christ—now we wait during most of February for the anticipated resurrection.  During the season of Lent, we prepare with fasting, repentance, and prayer as we journey with Christ throughout the 40 days of Lent.  We look ahead to the cross, seeing visions of Jesus tortured and hanging upon the awful tree.  We feel the darkness of our sins, and yet Jesus only has words of forgiveness.  In the hymn “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” the anonymous author writes:  “What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend, for this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?”  The language of humanity has no words strong enough to bear the burden, deep enough to bear the emotion.  We turn to music.  We turn also to the promise that the Holy Spirit translates for us the prayers that are from our hearts, but beyond our words (Terry York).


“Silence, more than ever, becomes part of the music that is our borrowed language.  When the music has finished its attempt to be our borrowed language, only silence remains; the purest of all languages.” ~Terry York

The ensembles at Bower Hill are praying for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, so that we might be able to express our love and sorrow through the music we share. 

The Handbell Choir is not only preparing for Lent and Easter, but also for the North Hills Handbell Festival, which will take place on April 26, 2008.  More information about this concert will be given the March newsletter. 

 I would like to thank all of the people who gave up their time to do special music for the Advent and Christmas season:  Ben Hohlfelder, Jean Miewald, Wendy Mazzini, Carly Lunoe, Emily Stack, George Vosburgh, Lynne Wohleber, Margaret Zabo, Aaron Jones, Rick Jacobs, Brian Hayes, and the members of the Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, and the King’s Kids Clappers.

I truly appreciate your willingness to give up your time to serve this community by sharing your musical gifts. 

 Handbell Choir Thursdays at 6.30pm                                        Chancel Choir Thursdays at 7.45pm