Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 6, 2015
"Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.”
Most of us are familiar with this part of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah especially from the readings of the Advent Season and from Handel’s Messiah. The prophet brings exciting news and describes powerful signs of God’s saving presence: The blind see and the deaf hear; the lame not only walk but leap; the mute not only speak but sing!
As a pastoral musician, nothing brings me greater joy and satisfaction than experiencing the presence of Christ “when the Church prays and sings” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, 7). Through the powerful sign of music, the Holy Spirit transforms a crowd of mute onlookers into a singing assembly. We bring our musical talent and leadership, and God does the rest.
Lord Jesus, with the people of the Decapolis, we exclaim:
“You have done all things well!
You make the deaf hear and the mute speak!”
Open our ears to hear your voice,
and free our tongues to sing your praise. Amen Alleluia!
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!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD