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Devotion: The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

This devotion was shared by NLC bass Paul Wilson prior to one of the Christmas Festival concerts in Saint Louis on December 20, 2014. 

"The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight."

Throughout human existence fear and hope intersect - usually in that order.  One of these intersecting points occurred on Christmas Day in 1914, when the powerless front line soldiers in WWI did something the Great Generals of the time could not: make peace.

And in our own history and the history of our country, we find many of these intersecting points.  Fear; hope. 


Conductor's Diary: "Christmas Festival Week"

As the choir goes into "Christmas Festival Week," artistic director, David Cherwien, sends a note to the choir:

You are all to be congratulated. In these past four short weeks we have absorbed an entire program. You have come through for each other in the learning process, and in general, while there is work to do this coming week, we're in great shape. A wonderfully varied program, and sung very musically. 

Devotion: Slowing Down

This devotion was shared by NLC alto Colleen Schaefle prior to rehearsal on October 7, 2014. 

As some of you know, I’m an elementary music teacher, so I spend my day with little cherubs between the ages of 6 and 11. If you work with kids, you know that sometimes there are warm, wonderful, inspiring moments when you feel like you are the ultimate caregiver for literally every child on this planet, and other moments when you wonder what it’s like to have a job with all grown-ups, and where you don’t hear “booger,” “fart,” or “I’m telling!” nearly so often.

Devotion: God is in the Goosebumps

This devotion was shared by NLC alto Sarah Koepp prior to the All Saints Concert on November 1, 2014. 

I have been thinking about one of our themes for the year, “God is in the goose bumps.”  In other words, what really goes into the intersection between music and life’s holy moments? I’m in a profession where I’ve been blessed to experience many of life’s holy moments.  In fact, a chaplain at the hospital and I often have this discussion together.  He’s putting together a pilot project to make chaplain students more comfortable with singing and he’s asked me to help just sing through hymns as part of a large group.  

Devotion: Christmas is Waiting

This devotion was shared by NLC soprano Kate Tripoli prior to rehearsal on November 4, 2014. 

CHRISTMAS IS WAITING: A POEM FOR ADVENT

Sacred Song, Sacred Space

 


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Devotion: Musical Metaphors

Special thanks to Michael Olsen, a tenor with the NLC, for this devotion from October 21, 2014.

I've heard of 2 musical metaphors for major life transitions:

1) Key changes.

If that's the case, my life will rival any contemporary Christian pop song, as I call them, with numerous and seemingly unnecessary key changes.

2) Symphony movements. (I kind of like this image a little better.) In that case I look forward to the next "Andante" movement to slow the pace of change.

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