WORSHIP AND MUSIC
December will be the usual busy month for all of us. One way to slow down and take a breath is to attend the Wednesday Advent soup supper and services. There will only be 3 this year, and they will begin at 5:30pm with soup. The worship will begin at 6:15 so choir can still meet at 7. Come join us and bring a sandwich if you want. Sign up to bring soup on the wall outside Jeri’s office.
Our Christmas Eve service will begin at 5pm and include the music of the Puls again. We look forward to seeing you there. We will not have a later service this year since attendance at that service has been declining.
On December 30 we will have only one service at 10:30am. It will be the traditional lessons and carols.
Becky Nolt, Member
Music and Worship
Hymn of the Month
Every Sunday in December and on Christmas Eve we sing hymn #240 “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah” during our Ad-vent candle lighting. We start with one verse and add one each week as we light another candle. This hymn “picks up the Advent theme of waiting – waiting in this case for light beyond our darkness.” Written by Wayne L. Wold (b. 1954), it was first published in Three Songs for Advent for unison choir.
Wayne Wold was one of the members of the hymnody editorial team for our current hymnal. He is an associate professor of music and college organist at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. His degrees come from Concordia College in Minnesota, Wittenberg University in Ohio, and Shenandoah University in Virginia. He is a church musician, prolific composer, hymn writer, and author as well as a performer, clinician, and teacher. He also studied at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg.
The melody for TIF IN VELDELE is a Yiddish folk tune. The title means “Deep in the For-est” and comes from the first line of the love song that goes with this tune in A Treasury of Jewish Folk-song by Ruth Rubin. She was born Rifke Rosenblatt in Montreal. She collected over 2,000 folksongs from the Jews of Eastern Europe, mostly ones sung by women in domestic settings. Wold has used this unusual and somewhat alien tune to underscore the waiting theme of this text. Since waiting is not something most of us do well, I think it works.
The source of this information is Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship by Paul Westermeyer, c2010, Augsburg Fortress.