Worship and Music Ministry Update

Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries (andrew@fumcedmond.org)

All Saints Day

Those of you with a keen eye may have noticed that our altar has been adorned in green for twenty-three straight weeks! Yet the monotony of this green season, officially called “ordinary time,” is about to end as we prepare to celebrate All Saints Sunday this weekend. It’s no coincidence that All Saints Sunday always follows Halloween, though it probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you that, like many holidays, Halloween was derived from the church.

As is our custom, we will commemorate this special day by giving thanks for the members of our church who have died since the last All Saints Day by lighting candles. We’ll also sing hymns that are both serious and joyful, which strive to remind us of the great cloud of witnesses.

I hope you’ll plan on joining us for this poignant Sunday and take some time to reflect on the saints that have touched your life along the way!

Christmas Concert in Guthrie

Many of you know that, for the past three years, I’ve presented a concert on the magnificent Kimball organ at the Guthrie Scottish Rite around Christmas. While my transition will not allow me to take part this year, I’m delighted that my mentor from OU, Dr. John Schwandt, will take up the mantle and play a stunning program on Sunday, December 2 at 3:00 at the Temple. The program will include improvisations on secular and sacred Christmas carols, a singalong, and, who knows, might even include a silent movie! If you enjoyed the concerts of years past, you won’t want to miss this program!

On a Personal Note…

Jenny and I are overwhelmed by and thankful for the many good wishes and prayers that have accompanied us throughout Jenny’s pregnancy. We are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to introduce you all to our son, Walter Perry, in a few weeks!