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
Lord, Have Mercy As mentioned last month, many of the texts we hear, speak, pray, and sing during worship each Sunday are influenced by the assigned lectionary readings and change weekly. Other texts are repeated with more frequency, and in some cases, used every time we gather to worship regardless of assigned Biblical texts. Over the next few months, this article will explore the some of these invariable texts -- often called the Ordinary of the Mass -- such as the Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), Gloria (Glory to God), Credo (I believe in God), Santus (Holy, Holy, Holy), Benedictus (Blessed is he who comes), and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). Given its particular association with penitential seasons, we’ll begin with the Kyrie eleison (from the ancient Greek Κύριε, ἐλέησον; English, “Lord have mercy”). This often-sung prayer of supplication is a remnant from the first centuries of Christian worship and has many related Biblical passages, including Psalm 6:3 (“Have mercy on me, for I am faint”), Psalm 41:4 (“Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you”), Matthew 15:22 (“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!”), Luke 17:13 (“Jesus, master, have pity on us!”). Pope Gregory I (d. 604) is credited with adding the second part (Christe eleison). Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) includes 21 musical settings of the Kyrie text. Some have a clear ABA form (A: Lord have mercy, B: Christ have mercy, A: Lord Have Mercy; see ELW 154), and some expand to an AAABBBAAA form (see ELW 155). Some settings rely on a dialogue between leader and congregation, including settings 1-6 in the front of the hymnal. Many Lutheran congregations, including Emmanuel, have embraced an expanded Kyrie text that begins with “In peace, let us pray to the Lord” and the response, “Lord, have mercy.” The musical settings of the Kyrie found in ELW listed below span nearly 1,500 years of compositional activity and represent musical cultures of five continents. p. 98 - Mark Mummert p. 120 - Marty Haugen p. 138 - Richard Hillert p. 147 - Ronald Nelson p. 156 - arr. Regina Fryxell and Richard Hillert p. 166 - Tillis Butler p. 175 - Misa popular nicaraguense p. 184 - Larry Olson p. 193 - Joel Martinson p. 203 - hymn tune SOUTHWELL p. 213 - Jeremy Young ELW 151 - Dinah Reindorf ELW 152 - Franz Schubert (German Mass) ELW 153 - South African, G. M. Kolisi ELW 154 - Avon Gillespie ELW 155 - Russian Orthodox ELW 156 - Plainsong ELW 157 - Marty Haugen (Now the Feast and Celebration) ELW 158 - Swee Hong Lim ELW 406 - Kyrie! God Father (Latin hymn, c. 1100) ELW 602 - Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved (Polish hymn, 17th century)
Ryan Luhrs, Director of Music Ministry
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!