Music is Alive
Updated March 16, 2019
Music is important to the St. Patrick’s congregation. There is a constant effort to ensure that the congregation is comfortable with the variety of styles always remaining aware of the importance of the message brought forth in our worship through music.
We continued to use hymns selected from The Hymnal 1982, My Heart Sings Out, Wonder Love and Praise, and Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnals, contemporary pieces as well as music from The Taizé Community and the Iona Community. We subscribe to OneLicense and CCLI so we can use music not in our regular hymnals. We learned 17 new hymns. Mary Ann Perry wrote the words for 3 new hymns. This ambitious variety of new music was possible because people were willing to stay after church a few times to learn new pieces or practice pieces before the service began. Our tradition of having the congregational sing-along before the beginning of our Christmas Eve Service was well received.
Music was provided for Sunday Services, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. St. Patrick’s “Servant Strings” played at the Brewer Ministerial Association Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service held at East Orrington Congregational Church. Our Services of Meditation and music of Taizé and Iona were held every other month. They continued to be very popular and always drew several people from outside the St. Patrick’s community. Mary Ann Perry created all the bulletins for all the services. Dianne Huntley retired from printing and collating the bulletins and Nancy Smith took her place. Thank you, Dianne and Nancy for your “behind the scenes” hard work.
Special guests joined the music group on several occasions during the year. Thank you to our soloists: Jamie Beck, Katherine Cross, Michael Gleason, Matthew Smith, The Rev. Deacon Peggy Day and Mark Spahr; choir members: David Blethen, Della Gleason, Michael Gleason, Geri Stinson, Jamie Beck, Peg Olson, Rita Poirier, Ardis Mayo, and Chris Gwinn; Choir Director: Christine Talbott. Visiting guest musicians were Adam Theisen who substituted for Mary Ann one Sunday, Guest soloist/song leader, Tom White-Hassler who joined us for two services, Kelly Neptune performed four times.
Some of our “Servant Strings” musicians attended a Diocesan Music Workshop at the Spring Training. Mary Ann Perry was the Music Director for the Diocesan Adult Retreat weekend in June. Peg Olson helped lead music for this event. Ardis Mayo has started an informal drumming circle for anyone who wants to try at 5:00 most Mondays before music rehearsal. Some friends who are not members of St. Pat’s have joined this group. You might like to try it also.
A very special thank you to the “Servant Strings” who continue to meet weekly to learn new music, and to continue to discover a spiritual connection through music. They played most Services. They are: Ardis Mayo, Peg Olson, Mary Ann Perry, Rita Poirier, and Chris Gwinn. There is always room for others who want to dust off those old instruments.
Mary Ann Perry took a Sunday off for the first time in nearly 16 years. This means she didn’t plan music, rehearse music, or do a bulletin. Thank you very, very, much for the moment of rest. It was so appreciated.
The energy, creativity, encouragement, and commitment of the entire congregation has made it very meaningful and a joy to worship at St. Patrick’s through music. We continue to make a joyful noise!
Mary Ann Perry,