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More steps forward! Music increases inside our Worship Spaces!

 More steps forward! I know it seems like its taking forever, but we have been care-filled as we've stepped forward in music at St  Paul Lutheran Church during the pandemic. In June, the Choirs started singing indoors in small groups, masked. As we followed our church leadership's guidelines, at the end of June, we were able to sing unmasked for those who have been vaccinated.  Its now July, and we are praying for those who are still struggling with Covid-19 and beginning to plan more and more for Music in Worship. Stay tuned here for information on instrumentalists and other special music in worship at St Paul!
 A year - it's been a year!  A year on March 17th since our building closed - and rehearsals were cancelled.  A year since choirs have sung in our worship space. Yet - there is hope. Today, we had the Pacer String Quartet visit for 8:30 worship - and they breathed life into the worship, into the room, into our hearts with their music.  They gave of themselves and this little bit of hope grew a little more in my heart - as I realize, we are one step closer to have someone sing in worship. And then having a small group sing in worship - stepping our way back to hymns and choirs. Let's pray for each other, be patient and compassionate with each other - even when, especially when, we don't want to.  Everyone has had some sort of song stilled during the pandemic. And some of us have lost a little and some of us have lost a lot. And we are used to having all types of arts and mediums through which to express that. Right now - expressing that with our living is more vital than eve
5 months of different living                      5 months of online worship                                         5 months of looking for creative and new ways to be community. It's been about 5 months since the world slowed down as we knew it. and so many people have worked so hard to continue forward - but we do so differently. We who are in the performing arts in our communities and in our churches feel this pain in a way that is a bit different from the office workers who work from home. Although our pain is the same, some of us cannot complete a task like an office worker can complete at least some of their tasks - because our task depends on a group being close and together in a room - where we take what we have learned to do and make it into a piece of art as a group. There are new ways to do this - but they feel dysfunctional to some of us.  There are new ways to do this - but we will experiment and some of them won't work for us. This is not a pity
Its Easter 2 - the second Sunday in the Easter season. I do feel the joy of Easter, and am so thankful for all of the music and performing arts that we can access on the internet. This week, Jessica Bessette has recorded a short trumpet rendition of "You Are Holy, You Are Whole" for our offertory in online worship. Her daughters, Julia and Jordan Bessette, recorded a version of "Wade in the Water" for the prelude/postlude. This is awesome! That we can begin to bring more people into leading music in worship - while online. But it's different. And there are others working on music to record for this purpose. Please keep them in prayer. So today, I encourage you to go to our Youtube Channel, St Paul Lutheran Church Aiken SC - and worship with us at 10 am or later, if needed. And to inspire you further, go here and know that many of us are praying for you - for all who visit this page and blog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc8CCIuxXJ4 The text is Do
Holy Week 2020  Its Maundy Thursday - and last Sunday, we began finding new ways to worship as the community of St Paul Lutheran Church. Tonight, we worshiped online via a link that was posted on our webpage. Tomorrow night - Good Friday Tenebrae will also be a worship opportunity via a link on our webpage. There will be music of different eras and genres.  Easter Sunday will also be worship via a link from our webpage - www.stpaullc.net I grieve a bit - as the musicians from St Paul and I discuss how we can find ways to use them one at a time - instead of all of us together. Yet I rejoice in these brothers and sisters who love the world so much they agree to stay safe and stay home. I also grieve for all those who suffer in our current public health crisis. For those who have died, or lost loved ones. For the health care workers and responders who are hardly home as they do the work we need them to do so that we can all survive. With this in mind, I will be posting a music
Today worship changed a little more - this is our second Sunday of Virtual Worship. While live streaming is something we have done for some time, today was different. Today 3 choir folks came in to be our Trio for the duration of this time of virtual worship. 2 of these singers have husbands helping with the streaming technology - and the third is a young adult. I am using as few households as possible to keep the numbers as minimal as possible for our worship musicians. All of us have made a covenant to practice safe health practices - keeping safe distance from others, washing our hands frequently, sanitizing as much as possible when we cannot wash and not encountering others or other places any more than necessary. We are limiting ourselves so that we can not only go forward in our best health, but so not as to possibly pass something on to someone else; so that we can serve through our living and also in this way of music in worship. It is holy work that our world is doing. It
Online Worship Only! While I am not happy that we are all so very separated - I am thankful for everyone who is trying to work together to stay well, to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. Meanwhile, a very small group will gather Sunday, March 22nd to provide virtual worship for the St Paul and Aiken area community online.  https://www.stpaullc.net/live-broadcast I am so very thankful that Donna Derrick will join us for prelude and offertory tomorrow for this worship service. Donna makes music so well and she is bringing her dulcimer - and will sing. Everything she plays or sings comes from her heart - as an offering to God. She is a beautiful blessing to us!  I mention this, because Donna does this to help us launch our first Virtual Worship - you see there will only be a few of us there, and we will be working to keep a safe distance from each other, while connecting with each other, the online viewers and our Lord and Savior. It will be different, and it will be not wh