by Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director
Every week children’s choir ends with a brief devotion. This year we have been exploring the question, “What is God’s name?” We have talked about God being called The Rock, Redeemer, Savior, Light in the Darkness, Father, Mother, Abba, Yahweh, Healer, Comforter, and so many more. I have not yet been able to make it through a full lesson without someone’s hand shooting up with a question. Now, some of these questions are quite silly. “Ms. Ellen, can you tap dance?” or “Why does your hair look funny today?” But some of the questions are truly insightful. Take a look at this list of the top ten insightful question from the semester. What do you think the answer is?
- Why do monks take vows of silence?
- If Jesus is God’s only son then why are we also called children of God?
- How do you learn about the Bible?
- If Jesus loves everyone, then does that mean we welcome everyone in our church? Even the people who don’t believe in God? Even the people who have done bad things before?
- What does it mean to be redeemed?
- If Jesus heals people in the Bible, does that mean God heals my feelings when they are hurt too?
- If Jesus is God’s Word made flesh, does that mean that Jesus is God?
- Was Jesus created when he was born at Christmas or has Jesus always existed?
- If we say God the Father can we also say God the Mother?
- How can God be three different people but still one God?
March Tune-Ups and Musical Offerings
by Jerry Rich, Director of Music
I look forward to two experiences this month that should help me become a better church musician. On March 7, I’ll attend a church music workshop given by the distinguished conductor William Payn; it will focus on: 1) choir warmups that encourage blend, enunciation and healthy singing; 2) motivational “CPR” choral techniques that focus on Connection, Partnership and Relationship; and 3) a reading session of anthems that are inspirational, enjoyable and easy to learn. On Sunday, March 15, I’ll conduct my high school choir in a Choral Eucharist at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee; the two dozen students from Potomac School will sing anthems by Attwood, Byrd and Hilton and assist with the service music in this beautiful Victorian Gothic church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present two new anthems in March (Pete Seeger’s Turn, Turn, Turn and a beautiful setting of a Charles Wesley hymn by noted contemporary composer Dan Forrest) while bringing back three choir favorites: Craig Courtney’s poignant Take My Life and Let It Be, WA Mozart’s tender Kyrie from his Missa Brevis in G, and Tom Fettke’s dramatic Palm Sunday arrangement of Caccini’s Holy. The bell choirs’ Lenten offerings will be Bach’s melodious Bist du bei mir and Judy Endean’s stirring arrangement of The God of Abraham Praise. If you’re thinking of joining one of Trinity’s adult choirs, now is a perfect time to attend a rehearsal and see what we’re preparing for Easter!