In Touch – May 17, 2013
Posted on May 17, 2013 by under Music Ministry, Touché,

If You Love to Worship-Thank a Musician!

“But get me a musician.” And then, while the musician was playing, the power of the Lord came on him. (2 Kings 3:15)

Elisha needed a musician before he could preach to Jehoshaphat.  Every preacher knows musicians lead our hearts in worship and prepare our spirits to hear God’s word.  This Sunday is Music Sunday.  It comes a bit early this year. We adjust our Foundations service to focus around music.  Our Gatherings service will have its usual format, but for both of our services, I would encourage you to extend a special word of thanks to our musicians, those who support us in worship.

On Tuesday nights our Gatherings team, Glory Bound, rehearses in the music room and prepares songs to match the message on Sunday. On Thursday nights our choir has to navigate a crowded parking lot to tune their voices to sing his praise.  Our Bell Choir beautifully sends our spirits, soaring.  They are here on Monday nights preparing for Sunday worship. Our cherubs charm every time they sing.  We thank Tony and Linda, Wes and Edwina and Michelle Frego for their work in leadership.  We thank each choir member and musician who puts in so much time, energy and passion for the cause of Christ in this place.

We can say a special thank you to Wesley Joseph.  Wesley has played the organ for us for three years and has directed the choir for two years.  We have seen him grow into an amazing musician, who has mastered our 110 year old tracker organ.  I am sad to share with you that Wesley feels that God is calling him in different directions than being Organist/Choir Director here and, while he will continue to play through September, this will be the last Music Sunday in which he is leading.  Wesley will be leading in different ways at HRC as he has agreed to direct the REVEAL team group that is working to embed the Bible in everything we do, but he does not sense that God is continuing to call him to lead the choir.

We will celebrate with Wesley at a later time, but I share this information with you so that you can thank Wesley in a special way this Sunday, and honor him by staying through the conclusion of his postlude.  We recognize the work and the beauty that he brings to his organ playing each week, along with his leadership of the choir.  Consistory will be putting together a search team to find a new musician to lead our Foundations worship, but Wesley has given us the gift of time to be able to do that.

The Psalmist says: “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”  We are glad for all the musicians who help to make that possible at Hopewell.

Thanks to all of you,