Instruments of Peace
By Catherine Wethington, Dir. of Children’s & Youth Choirs
On April 2, during the 10:30 a.m worship service, our Children’s Choir is going to sing Sanctuary. The text is as follows: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” During rehearsal, we discussed what the word sanctuary means. The majority of the children recognized it to mean the room we meet in for worship, but we discussed it a step further—that really the word sanctuary is any place where you are in the presence of God, which means that we as followers of Christ can be our own sanctuary in mind, body and soul. We can do this by showing kindness to all people we meet, we can do this by our actions, and we can do this by welcoming people to experience God’s love with us. This hymn has become a fast favorite of children’s choir, and they are very excited to sing it for the congregation.
By Jerry Rich, Director of Music
April can be busy for church musicians: the liturgical seasons of Lent, Holy Week, and Easter each require different kinds of service music. In this short month, the Chancel Choir will provide six popular anthems by Thomas Tallis, Johann Crüger, George Frideric Handel, William Billings, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert as well as four brilliant new classics by Craig Courtney, Bernadette Farrell, Keith Getty, and Ethan McGrath. The Trinity Ringers will play Gerald Coleman’s consoling The Lamb and Arnold Sherman’s festive Jubilee. Please join us on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, or Easter Sunday and let our music help you experience this vital part of the Christian year.