Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2015
"Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two . . .
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick.”
As pastoral musicians unpack their bags after the NPM Convention in Grand Rapids and file away all the new music and resource notes they brought home, we are reminded by Jesus to “take nothing” with us. He calls us to leave behind the interior “baggage” of old hurts and resentments, the fear of failure and rejection, and struggles with psychological or spiritual tribulations, in order to serve him in faith.
How do we find courage to let go of the obstacles that keep us from surrendering to God’s love for us? If we believe the words of St. Paul that God “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Ephesians 1:3), then the burden of fear and the need to control our own destiny can be released. When we ask for this renewal in faith, Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our journey to wholeness. He will give us all we need to transform our lives, be faithful to his mission, and serve with selfless ministry in our wounded world.
Dear Lord, fashion me into your image.
Fire away the impurities and excesses of my life in the crucible of your love,
so that I may rely solely on you to serve others in love and ceaseless self-giving. Amen. Alleluia!
St. Theresa Church
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