On Music Recognition Sunday, it’s time to pay tribute to all the wonderful volunteers who dedicate their time to Westminster’s music programs. Please join me in thanking the members of our choirs, our brass ensemble, and our handbell ringers. These musicians bring worship to life in such amazing ways throughout the year as they continue to share their musical gifts with the church. We should never underestimate their contributions. . . 

There is no better way to begin a Music Recognition Sunday than with one of J. S. Bach’s great organ works, so this morning I’ve selected Bach’s darkly majestic Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, one of my favorites. The service closes with another great Bach work, the popular Fantasia in G Major. These pieces could not be more different, yet both shine with Bach’s incredible genius and with his innate understanding of what makes the organ the King of Instruments.

The Chancel Choir’s anthems at 11:00 worship–Sing Them Over Again to Me (an old hymn, here arranged by Gilbert Martin) and More Love (a lovely Shaker hymn, arranged by Sid Davis) will be repeated as part of this evening’s spring choral program in the Music Room. They are just two examples of the great variety of American music to be presented in the choir’s program entitled American Treasures: Favorite Anthems, Hymns, and Spirituals. We hope you will join us! Bring family members and friends and plan to make an evening of it: come to the Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. for a potluck supper and great fellowship, then adjourn to the Music Room at 7 p.m. for an hour or so of beautiful music. What could be better? The program will be interactive and–we promise–will be anything but boring! Each spring, the choir and I look forward to welcoming you to our home space, Westminster’s amazing Music Room. With its wonderful acoustics, grand piano, excellent lighting, clever storage capacity, and spacious feel, it has everything we could ever need for musically rewarding experiences. You can’t blame us for being proud of this room, and we know you will enjoy singing in it too. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you, Westminster musicians!

Soli Deo Gloria!