WORSHIP AND MUSIC
Worship and Music
Octoberfest is back! The Worship and Music Committee is sponsoring Octoberfest this year. It will be held October 26 at Wine Tree Vineyards from 6 to 9pm. All your favorite foods from last year will be back, as well as music by Scott Kitchen and his group. If you would like to contribute food for the celebration, contact Candy Bandy at 304/481-7981.
The ‘Noisy Offering’ for October will benefit the quilting mission to help buy supplies and pay for shipping costs.
Joye Smolenski’s resignation as chair of Altar Guild was accepted. We thank her for her service in this ministry.
We continue to talk about Pastor Steve’s sabbatical next year. He is working on people to do visitations as well as replacement pastors.
Becky Nolt, Member
Music and Worship
Hymn of the Month
On October 7 we will sing “Dearest Jesus, at Your Word,” hymn #520 as our opening hymn. It is an old German hymn that has long been part of the Lutheran tradition. The first three stanzas are by Tobias Clausnitzer (1619-1684) and the last stanza, a doxology, was written by an unknown hand. The first three were translated into English by Catherine Winkworth in her Lyra Germanica, second series (1858). The translator of the last stanza is not known. Both the three and four stanza versions have been used by Lutherans in this country. Our current version first appeared in the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) in an updated form, and remains basically the same in our current book of worship.
Tobias Clausnitzer was born in Saxony and studied at Leipzig as well as other universities. He was chaplain to the Swedish regiment in Leipzig and preached the thanksgiving sermon at the end of the Thirty Years’ War on January 1, 1649, at Weiden. He became pastor there the same year.
The tune Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier appears in our hymnal three times, #443, #510, and #520. It was written by Johann R. Ahle (1625-1673) and first published in 1664 for an Advent hymn by Franz Joachim Burmeister. It was joined with this text in 1671 in a more congregational form.
Ahle was church musician and mayor. He was born at Muhlhausen and went to school at Goettigen and Erfurt. At the University of Erfurt he studied theology, but also served as cantor of St. Andreas Church. He wrote a method for better choral singing, and became known as an organist. He married in 1650 and became organist at St. Blasius Church in Muhlhausen in 1654. He was elected to the city council there in 1655 and 1661 became the mayor. He held the positions of organist and mayor from the time he assumed them until his death. As a church musician he championed a seventeenth-century Italian solo vocal style. Most of his over 400 sacred arias were intended for soloists, chorus, or solo singers and instruments, not congregational use. The church he served as organist is the same one J. S. Bach served two organists later.
The source of this information is Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship by Paul Westermeyer, c2010, Augs-burg Fortress. Lachlan MacBean’s Songs and Hymns of the Gael (Edinburgh, 1888). It has been paired with many different hymns over the years, probably because of it’s easy singability.