September 5 Greetings
Dear Ones,

I grew up in a very musical family—my father played drums, piano and the “vibes”, my mother could play piano and sing, my sister played the flute and I started off on the clarinet.
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My Aunt Molly (my mother’s sister) was a professional actress and singer—in fact, we used to go see her perform when I was a child. The memory of her that has continued to stand out to me, and has had quite a spiritual impact, was her performance in Godspell. The music from that show is always fresh in my mind, and in fact the song “All Good Gifts” was in my wedding ceremony.
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Music has been a major vehicle for my experience of God, in countless ways: in listening, playing, attending concerts and performing in concerts, singing in school choirs and rock bands, both traditional and contemporary worship, and playing music for folks now in my hospice work.
I recently wrote this poem about music, which may become a song soon as well:
Music music music
you are inside of me 
you help me to be

Music music music
you are my extended family
you change my mood, help me when I’m feeling blue

Music music music
bring joy to my life, and tears to my eyes 
so many diverse kinds 

Music music music
you blow my mind 
you bring us together, even in stormy weather

Music music music
Play through me so others can also just be
AWB 2020
There are so many musical references in the Scriptures, but one of my favorites is:
Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
Ephesians 5:19
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During this pandemic and quarantining, music once again has brought comfort to my heart, mind and soul. I love all the musical pieces that Pastor Tricia includes in her daily church emails! She bathes us in a great variety of styles, cultures and spiritual pieces! I know for many of us, missing live worship has been connected to missing the live music. There is something special about singing together to God, and being present when others are performing their music. There are also many professional musicians who are struggling due to their shows being cancelled and having no venues.
I have been fortunate to have a best friend from childhood who has been a touring musician for the last 25 years, with songs placed in movies and TV shows. His music, like so many others, is full of spiritual metaphor and reflections that move the spirit inside us, although he is not playing in church, the world is his parish. His name is Chris Trapper, and here is a sample of one of his recent tunes, called “Make It Through”, addressing our human struggle with this pandemic:
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I could write pages more about music, and in fact I did a semester study on ethnomusicology while in seminary, looking at the music of each culture, and how each culture experiences the Divine through all kinds of music! My prayer is that you have some music that soothes your soul, whether it be jazz, blues, rock, folk, classical, or the wonderful music from Emmanuel Lutheran Church!

May you hear and feel God’s Spirit in music, helping you to feel connected to the world and our Creator.
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Each week we’re asking the youth of Emmanuel a set of questions, to check in with them and help our congregation get to know them, and to keep holding them in prayer. Caleb is a freshman at AAEC. Here are his responses to our youth interviews:
  1. Tell us about how you spend your time and your favorite hobbies.
  2. Tell us what you have learned about God and your faith in the last year.
  3. Tell us one way God can work through us during this pandemic.
  4. Tell us one reason you’re thankful about your family.
  5. Tell us what you miss the most about not being able to gather as a youth group or church because of COVID-19.
  1. Reading books and playing video games. I just got a turntable and am enjoying listening to records. I like to go outside and use my imagination.
  2. That is God is forever forgiving and is always there for me.
  3. This pandemic gives us an opportunity to support other people in ways we wouldn’t have otherwise.
  4. My family is always there for me.
  5. I can’t see my friends in person.
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I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Psalm 104:33
Peace in Christ ~
Adam
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

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