Monday, July 27, 2015

Music Ministry Expansion and Music for 8/2-3

Hi St. Francis.
As you may have heard this past weekend, the Music Ministry is in the process of expanding and preparing for the fall.  We are so excited about the ideas we have to further energize and inspire our worship at St. Francis.  The only thing we are missing to make these ideas come to life is you.  Sharing your gifts of time and talent , especially your musical gifts is something that will increase the depth of your spiritual and faith experience here or at any parish.  We are so blessed to have a parish family that exemplifies what "Church" should be.  Our unity and our diversity are both characteristics that do not necessarily exist in every faith community.  I've heard it said this way..."At our church we get out early to avoid the traffic of all of the other parishes that are crowded."  We want to be the church that burst forth from our walls fed by the word and in love with our faith.  I encourage you to allow music to become a part of your faith journey.  I ask that you come and sit with us as we sing, pray laugh and learn about each other and about our faith and our God.  Here are some of the specifics as it pertains to each Mass.

Saturday Vigil - The Saturday Vigil is going to be run by volunteer singers and instrumentalists.  We rehearse before Mass from 4:00 - 5:00.  Anyone who enjoys singing or playing is welcome to join us any week.  There is no obligation, just show up when you can.

Sunday @ 9:00 Mass - We are calling this the "Family Music Mass".  We invite all of our Religious Education students as well as their family members to join us in song.  The music will not be "Children's Choir" Music but will represent the importance of family and enhance the experience of this Mass by inspiring the congregation through the cooperation of multiple generations making music together.  Rehearsals for this Mass will be on Monday's from 6:15 - 7:00 and/or 8:15 - 9:00 on Sunday Morning.  Come to either or both rehearsals.  They will be fun and energy filled.

Sunday @11:00 Mass - This Mass is going to be filled with high energy Praise and Worship.  We are asking for singers and instrumentalists  who are interested in "jamming" with us.  We also extend a special invitation to our Confirmation and young parishioners to participate more actively in their faith.  We come together at different points on the same road.  We seek to learn from each other and encourage each other through prayer, praise and worship to walk more closely with each other on the path to finding our God.  Rehearsals for this Mass will be on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 and on Sunday Morning from 10:00 - 11:00.  Again, come to either or both rehearsals.

Sunday @12:30 Spanish Mass - If you are a spanish speaker and enjoy the culture and prayerful energy of a Spanish Mass, please feel free to join us any week.  If you play an instrument or sing, we rehearse before Mass at 12:00.

Sunday @ 6:00 - "Jazz Mass" -  If you have not attended this Mass yet, what a cool vibe you are missing.  The musicians custom arrange classical and contemporary hymns into a smooth and easy jazz feel integrated with high energy Gospel and Praise.  If you happen to be a Jazz junkie like myself and would be interested in joining the group, please contact me or the church office for details.

Great News for those who only sing in the shower!!!
If you are interested in "Taking Your Talents" out of the shower but you are not sure if you would make it past the first round of America's Got Talent auditions, we have the perfect solution.  Our amazing cantor Angela is going to begin group Voice Lessons at St. Francis.  These lessons will be on Thursday evenings in the Parish Office.  Hopefully after a few lessons, you will feel confident enough to share your new found proficiency with us in the Music Ministry.  Information about signing up for these lessons will be published in the bulletin and online in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact me at sfdsnymusicministry@gmail.com.  
I can't wait to see what God has in store for us this fall!!
Peace,
Jim

Processional - Come, Now Is The Time To Worship - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPWq8eM4lu8

Psalm - 116 Soper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd2XFAHulqs

Offertory - Come To The River - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdMVQksOy6w

Communion - Our God Reigns - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px_MIcIwLEw

Recessional - We Are One -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB51ND71fTY 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Have you noticed the new look 5:00 Mass? - Music for July 25-26

Hello St. Francis.

If you have not been around the 5:00 Mass you may not have heard that 5:00 Mass is now being led by a completely volunteer cast of choir members.  Each week, some of the choir volunteers to lend their time and talent to making the 5:00 Mass stunningly beautiful.  I can not even begin to thank these awesome people enough.  It has enhanced that Liturgy tremendously.  If you have been around and have noticed, maybe you are thinking that it would be nice to  be a part of  that.  Well, funny you mention that!!!  We are continuing to grow our Ministry and it all begins with the people of St. Francis taking a leap of faith and coming out to be a part.  We will be beginning a Voice Lesson Class with Angela, our incredible cantor.   She will train your voice and make you even better than you already are.  We are beginning recruiting efforts for singers and instrumentalists for all of the Masses.  All we need is for you to join.  Please pray over this and decide to become an active stakeholder in your vibrant and spirit-filled faith community.  All Are Welcome!!!
Jim

Here are links to this weekend's music...Enjoy!!!

Processional - Rain Down - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_29irJf0vM

Psalm - My Soul Is Thirsting - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qLu_EaZ5_E

Offertory - Hold To God's Unchanging Hand -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=navP_n3mtH0

Communion - Total Praise - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phBXe4RN3t8
 
Recessional - We Are The Light - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFe-d-qmxs4

Monday, July 13, 2015

Our Program Is Evolving and Growing!!!

Hi St. Francis,
We are in the midst of "AMPLIFYING" our Music Ministry.  In my few months here, I have been trying to assess the "vibe" at each Mass.  Every Mass at St. Francis has its own flavor and we are attempting to provide each celebration with the Music and worship that best suits each Mass.
To successfully accomplish this, we are asking for your time and talents.  If you are interested in becoming a part of our inspiring Music program, please contact me at sfdsnymusicministry@gmail.com.  We need singers and instrumentalists.  Please consider taking this more active and important role in your parish community.

Here are the tunes for this weekend - (July 18-19)
Jim

Processional - O Magnify The Lord - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1IZ8xVG46g

Psalm 23 - Blakesley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALSsKDo8eKY
 
Offertory - Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP1a-JxyTwQ
 
Communion - Day of Peace/We Will Overcome -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUalSLd1Lus 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzOBLq5NaDk

Recessional - Go Make A Difference - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzOBLq5NaDk

Monday, July 6, 2015

So You Have A Little Extra Time This Summer

Hi St. Francis.
Maybe you are finding this summer to be a time when you can catch your breath and recharge your batteries. Maybe you are trying to find something constructive to do.  Or, maybe you are searching for something meaningful to add to your life.  If any of these is the case for you, I would suggest considering a more active role in you parish.  I certainly am excited to welcome you into the Music Ministry if that is your calling.  (NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY) ((BOTH SINGERS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS)) but even if music is not your thing, there are many incredible opportunities to share your time and talent with your parish family in many ways. Maybe, what you seek to fill some time or to fill a gap in your life is to share the gift of yourself with others.  That is what Jesus calls us to and it comes with the promise of a sense of joy and peace.  You can't beat that.  Here are links to the music we will be singing this weekend.  Keep practicing.   You are singing well!!!
Jim

Processional - City of God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLBQEUauY-I 

Psalm - 85 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx-5k8mUTe8

Offertory - I'll Be Somewhere - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvCEStQbBLM 

Communion - Lord, When You Came (English and Spanish) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41rSYIhjGOc

Recessional - Go Out and Tell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=744RCG5W1Co