Choir Practice at 7:00 PM Wednesday nights in the Choir Room Lutheringer Practice 9:00 AM Sunday mornings in the Sanctuary
Choir practicing before service
Message From Ryan
GOD AMONG US: A CLOSER LOOK THIS SEASON'S OFFERTORY HYMN We are currently in the season of Time After Epiphany, a period in the church calendar that might seem like nothing more than filler between Christmas and Lent. Yet, there is nothing ordinary about this stretch of time as the series of Gospel readings build on the Christmas story and focus on the ways God is made manifest in our world through Jesus Christ.
Those gathered at the 10:30 service have been singing the hymn “Jesus Come! For We Invite You” each Sunday at the conclusion of the offering, as gifts are being brought forward. Like any well-crafted artistic expression, this text and tune together have multiple layers of meaning. Here’s one interpretation. On the surface, the words are tied to the wedding at Cana where Jesus performs his first miracle of “changing water into wine,” a story abundant with wedding, feast, and Eucharistic imagery. The first verse also includes the line, “speak and let us hear your word,” which points to God among us through the reading of scripture and preaching. The tune for these words, REGENT SQUARE, is the same music used on the Epiphany of Our Lord, when we sang the words “Sages, leave your contemplations, brighter visions beam after; / seek the great desire of nations, you have seen his natal star.” Together, these references can bring to mind the arrival of the magi that began the season, the wedding in Cana, and Jesus reading scripture in the synagogue. Situated between the Services of the Word and Meal, the singing of “Jesus Come! For We Invite You” also reminds that God’s revelation is not limited to these three stories found in the Gospels, but also the reading and interpretation of scripture and Eucharistic feast we celebrate each week. Blessings, Ryan
We have a choir every Sunday at the 10:30 AM service as well as a Lutheringer handbell choir that plays once a month and on holidays. Come join us for wonderful music and worship this Sunday!