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#073: Commemorating Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month (with Kate Williams)

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

This is a special rebroadcast of our episode from February, 2019, in honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

In the book of Ecclesiastes, we hear that “there is a season for everything: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to laugh, and a time to mourn.” As pastoral ministers, we know that there is a need for pastoral ministry in all seasons of life. Our work calls us to be attentive and present in times of great joy and celebration as well as in times of great sadness and mourning. Sometimes we do better with the celebrating than the mourning.

Today, we’re discussing ministry to those who know the pain of loss. Specifically, we are talking about ministry to those who have struggled with the inability to conceive, who know the pain of losing a child before birth, and those who have faced their child’s death at the time of birth. How are we present to them? How do we minister in this time of deep and, often, isolated sadness? How can we accompany them on their grief journey? To explore these questions and more, we’ll speak with author and editor Kate Williams.

SHOW NOTES

You can learn more about Kate Williams by visiting the GIA Publications staff page.

You can order the book, “Of Womb and Tomb,” by visiting the GIA Publications website. Here you can also order the accompanying music collection, both in print and audio recording. You can also follow “Of Womb and Tomb” on Facebook.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Turn My Heart, O God” (Marty Haugen), and “I Have Been Anointed” (Steve Warner).

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#072: What Music Will Young People Sing? (with the One Call Institute)

OCI participants at the end-of-week concert.

OCI participants at the end-of-week concert.

This past summer saw the second iteration of the One Call Institute for young pastoral musicians and their advocates. We are well on our way to planning next summer’s program, and we’re excited about new opportunities on the horizon. Specifically, we are pleased to offer short, local programs to train and form young people and those who work with young people in addition to our week-long summer institute.

In fact, a week ago, the first day-long One Call Institute was presented at a combined gathering of the Kansas City, Kansas and Kansans City, Missouri NPM chapters. There will also be a special pre-convention One Call experience for youth and adults this coming summer at the NPM convention in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are interested in finding out more about the One Call summer program, or about bringing One Call to your home community, you can visit the program website, onecallinstitute.org. 

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “what music appeals to young people?” To address this question, we’re sharing with you today the music of One Call. The Open Your Hymnal podcast produced a special episode that explored the variety of musical styles and genres used at the 2019 summer program. You’ll hear much of the music used at prayer, at the end-of-week concert, and at the Sunday liturgy. In exploring this repertoire, we hope you’ll come to realize that the musical tastes of young people are wide and varied, from chant to contemporary, and hymnody to praise and worship. The common threads, however, are intentionality, relevance, and authenticity.

SHOW NOTES

For more information about the One Call Institute, visit www.onecallinstitute.org.

You can learn more about the Open Your Hymnal podcast and listen to past episodes by visiting www.openyourhymnal.com.

The recording of "Now Thank We All Our God" (NUNN DANKET) was produced by Liturgical Press.

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#071: Ministering in a Time of Tragedy (with Peter Kolar)

Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar

Today’s episode is about ministering in times of tragedy. In the past year, too many communities have been torn apart by violence, injustice, natural disaster, or other devastating events. In these times, words fail. No matter how well our liturgy or Scripture classes have prepared us, we can feel like we don’t know what to do. Yet, it is at these times that music can be the most transformative.

Today, we’ll hear from Peter Kolar. An accomplished pastoral musician and composer, Peter shares with us today his experience ministering in the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. 

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Peter Kolar and his compositions, visit his biography pages at World Library Publications and GIA Publications

You can access Peter’s full article by visiting the “Sing, Amen!” blog post from August 24, 2019.

The recordings of "The Cloud’s Veil" (Liam Lawton), instrumental piano “The Cloud’s Veil” (arr. Paul Tate), “Nada te Turbe” (arr. Marty Haugen), and “Go, Silent Friend/In Paradisum” (arr. Steve Petrunak) were produced by GIA Publications.

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#066: Creating Space for Worship (ft. Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL)

Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL

Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL

It’s summer, but what does that really mean for pastoral musicians? A change of pace, sure, but that doesn’t always mean slowing down. It means busier schedules, covering more liturgies with fewer musicians, weddings, and so forth. For many of us, there is also the added dimension of an increasingly transient congregation – the regulars go on vacation, and the increase in visitors is palpable. 

So, today, we’re going back to the beginning – the gathering rite. Why? Because it’s good to reexamine our practice from time to time, and because the summer is a great time to be even more intentional than usual about how we gather as a worshiping community. To help us out, we’ll hear from an article written by Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, SCL. We’ll also hear a selection from composer Judy Hunnicutt in this week’s “Ministry Moment.”

SHOW NOTES

To learn more about Sr. Mary Jo Quinn, by visiting her bio page on the OCP website. You can read her article, “Preparation at the Liturgy: Creating Space for Worship” in the 2006 April-May issue of Pastoral Music magazine.

The recordings of “Send Us Your Spirit” (David Haas) and “Come, Spirit, Come” (Judy Hunnicutt) are produced by GIA Publications. “Veni Sancte Spiritus” (Christopher Walker) and “Ven Espiritu Santo” (Jaime Cortez) are produced by OCP.

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#060: A Holy Week Companion

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It’s Monday of Holy Week, and we’ve got a long road ahead of us. We all need a little more time for preparation – if not a few minutes more to rehearse, set the environment, prepare worship aids or scripts, then to prepare ourselves for the holiest days of the year. 

So, for today, I’m sharing with you an episode of the Open Your Hymnal podcast. Open Your Hymnal is an independent podcast project hosted by Zack Stachowski and by me. This episode is a special celebration of Lenten music. You’ll hear a range of great seasonal music from a variety of composers arranged around the final three Gospel readings for Lent, the “Scrutiny Gospels.” These readings are shared with us by composers Meredith Augustin, Ian Callanan, and Luke Rosen. We hope that this presentation serves as both a companion and a source of nourishment.  

Episode links

For more information on the “Open Your Hymnal” podcast, visit www.openyourhymnal.com.

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “Parce Domine/Ubi Caritas” (arr. Jeremy Young), piano instrumental of “Lenten Suite” (Paul Tate), “Turn My Heart” (Marty Haugen), “Restless is the Heart” (Bernadette Farrell), “Lead Me, Lord” (Samuel Wesley), “Hosea” (Gregory Norbet), "piano instrumental of “Attende Domine” (Jerry Galipeau), “He Healed the Darkness of My Mind” (David Haas), “Open My Eyes” (Benedetto Marcello, arr. Dale Grotenhuis), “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (Kathleen Thomerson), “Brille Tu Luz” (Stella Garcia Lopez, Rudy Lopez), quodlibet on “Were You There/Amazing Grace” (arr. Marcy Weckler Barr), piano instrumental on “Precious Lord” (Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB), “With the Lord There is Mercy” (Val Parker), “When Jesus Wept” (William Billings), “We Shall Rise Again” (Jeremy Young), “Give Me Jesus” (arr. Meredith Augustin), and “Attende Domine” (arr. Trevor Thompson).

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