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Devotion: Just Do It

Where does it begin – making a decision? Today's devotion comes from bass section member, Dave Michel. Dave shared this devotion prior to the choir's performance in Peoria, IL on February 19, 2016.

You know the feeling when you wake up and it’s cold outside, but it’s warm in bed and you’re really comfy? Maybe it’s a day when you don’t have any time pressures and there’s nothing demanding that you get up right away. When do you get up? How do you decide when to get up? Under the covers, not wanting to move (maybe for a long time), and then, suddenly, you’re up. What makes you come to that decision to get up at that particular time? For that matter, what really is a decision, anyway?

Devotion: Left Brain vs. Right Brain

This devotion comes from Sara Langworthy, a soprano in the National Lutheran Choir. Sara shared this devotion prior to the choir's first tour performance on February 18, 2016 in Mequon, WI. In this somewhat "scientific" devotion, Sara describes what it physically and mentally takes to sing and, in doing so, how meaningful connections are made across time and space. 

It’s come time for me to debunk a myth about the human brain…again. You didn’t know you were coming to a neuroanatomy lecture today, but, as we’re on a college campus, it seems appropriate.

I’m sorry to shatter your illusions, but the whole right brain vs left brain distinction? IT IS NOT A THING.

Devotion: Trust

Last week, the National Lutheran Choir traveled around the Midwest sharing a program of "Psalms and Spirituals." One of our bass sections members, Matt Olson, shared this devotion with the choir. How do you define trust? And how do you apply that definition to the people and communities of people in your life?

2015 was a year busy year in the business world for mergers and acquisitions! Many of you know the company I work for wasn't left out in this fury of activity. Our company of 40-ish people was acquired last March by a Fortune 150 multinational corporation of 65,000 people. The integration process over the last year has certainly been an educational experience!

Guest artist: Ryland Angel

The National Lutheran Choir is pleased to welcome a guest artist of international stature to join its program this weekend, Psalms and Spirituals.  Countertenor Ryland Angel will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, singing the second movement, based on Psalm 23, which Bernstein scored for counter-tenor or boy soprano to evoke the “shepherd-psalmist” David.

Devotion: Keep Singing!

Jenny Kelley, a member of the National Lutheran Choir's alto section, shared this devotion with the choir prior to rehearsal on February 9, 2016. Today, as they embark on a Midwest Tour, may they be reminded how their music connects deeply and often takes the listener to another place, or perhaps a fond memory. As a wise teacher once said, "Keep singing!"