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Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time  
August 31, 2014

"I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it."
 
Jeremiah 20:9    
 
Reflection
 
Growing up, I wanted to do two things: work on a boat and be involved in church music ministry. Following high school, these two dreams became real. I sang in my church choir and substituted for the organist when he was away. Simultaneously, I took a job with a ferry company on Lake Huron, eventually achieving the position of captain. For a time, it seemed that my work on the water would be my primary career, but all the while I felt the call to music ministry had never left me. After prayer and reflection, I decided to set aside sailing and take a position as a pastoral musician in my hometown, and I give thanks daily for my choice.

Each of us has been called into ministry by God. Despite other career options, this invitation burns deep within us, right to our hearts and our bones. Accepting it, we become a “living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” And through our ministry, with God's grace, we lead people to a deeper relationship with Christ, who alone can quench the soul’s thirst. While we may lose the world, the life we gain in service to the Gospel is beyond measure!
 
Prayer
 
Loving God, your word burns deep within us.
Strengthen us as we discern your will.
May our lips praise you as we follow you day by day.  Amen. Alleluia!
 
Sean Whelan
Immaculate Conception Church
Traverse City, Michigan       
  

St. Michael's Music Ministry  

Jenny Ivens, Minister of Music

Music is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
 
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!

Adult Choir
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Children's Choir
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Rhythm Section
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD





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