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Easter Sunday is a wonderful Sunday for music in our church.   This year we hear a string trio from LSU playing Prelude, Offertory, and Flower Distribution music for our services.  

The choir sings a favorite anthem, “The Ground”, from Sunrise Mass by Ola Gjeilo.   The text is the final words of the Ordinary of the Mass.  In this arrangement, the voices begin quietly with a hum, and then break into words.  The quiet hum acts as an interlude. Each time the text returns, the voices are more intense and the dynamic level increases.   After the Dona Nobis Pacem, the voices return to a quiet hum. 

 In the month of April, we will hear a variety of music:  reggae and hip-hop, gospel, contemporary, traditional and Baroque.   The variety of music we hear from Sunday to Sunday reflects the musical interests of the congregants as well as the participants.   No genre should be considered more sacred than another genre.  When the music is heartfelt and sung or played with integrity then it should be heard and received with openness to the situation and to the context of the service. 

This has been the driving force of our music program for many years, and the result is depth and variety as well as excellence.  We are blessed to be a congregation with so much musical talent and skill, such that our services are enhanced by this richness. 

Would you like to honor a loved one?

Would you like to celebrate a milestone?

 Remember that you can honor someone or some event in your life by bringing flowers.   You sign up for your Sunday with your name and contact information along with the event or person you are honoring.   That information will appear in the order of service the Sunday you bring your flowers. 

 April and May are filled with names and events, however June, July, and August have some unclaimed Sundays.   Now is the time to claim your Sunday to honor a milestone in your life or the life of someone you love.   Sign up at the CCC table where the cards are located.

 The Religious Services Council is very pleased with the response to our call for ushers and for flowers.   Many people have stepped forward to be part of the Usher Corps because they enjoy this work.    There will be a second training on April 5.