Yes, it's still Christmas.

January 3, 2016, and it's still Christmas? Yes, indeed. Depending upon how the Christian calendar falls, some years there is only one Sunday within the Christmas season of 12 days, and some years there are two. The latter is the case this year. Of all the Christmas carols in our hymnal The Hymnal 1982, there are a few that we do not usually sing as a congregation. However, some of these carols make great anthems for the choirs to sing, one of which is our anthem for the 10:30 service on Jan. ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 28, 2015

Silent Night, Holy Night

by David OuztsThe hallowed moment is almost upon us: The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, also known as Christmas Day or Christmas Eve. All the planning, all the rehearsing, all the music in order, and all the celebrating: it's about to commence. And as festive as much of the music and liturgy will be, it all boils down to the event so simply described in the carol "Silent Night."There are many stories about the conception and first performance of "Silent Night,... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 21, 2015

Mary's Sunday

by David Ouzts, Minister of Music and Liturgy Our Revised Common Lectionary is very rich and quite fun for a sacred musician when searching for companion music, anthems and hymns most especially. The Advent readings are similar each Lectionary Year ABC: the First Sunday of Advent is the “wait and watch” theme, while the Second and Third Sundays are devoted to John the Baptist crying in the wilderness. The Fourth Sunday, however, is most definitely “Mary’s Sunday.” The Fourth Sunday of Advent ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Great Anonymous

by David Ouzts, Minister of Music and LiturgyThe composer Anonymous. Ah, yes, that great composer Anonymous. He or she left the world so many significant musical compositions, not to mention great poetry and great works of art.The anthem for this Sunday morning (December 13) is a favorite, beloved setting of the Philippians lectionary reading, “Rejoice in the Lord alway.” For centuries it was published under the name of Tudor composer John Redford (c. 1500–1547), but modern scholarship has es... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Sunday, December 13, 2015