By Daniel Thomas, CGS Musician
As I mentioned in a previous article, as we move into the Pentecost season we will be doing more contemporary music in our worship service. Some of the songs will be familiar to our CGS family as pieces we used to do in our periodic praise services, while others will be new to most people.
As we read in the Book of Acts, as the Holy Spirit filled the Apostles they began to speak in many tongues, but those who were present “heard the speech in their own language, even though they were from many different countries.” I think this is an apt analogy to using different musical styles in our service – whether it is classical, rock, folk, jazz, or some other style (Pastor and I both want to do a ska service someday!), if we listen to the words, and if we remember that the Holy Spirit fills the hearts and minds of all those who write music to worship, I think we can all hear the music in our own “language” – even if it is not a style we might normally listen to.
Here are links to some of the music you’ll be hearing this season. Although we may not play the music exactly as you’ll hear it in these links, it will give you the chance to hear the melodies and take in the words prior to each service. As always, I welcome your thoughts and conversation!
Holy Spirit, Come
Great Comforter, Descend
Hymn To The Holy Spirit
Christ Has No Body Now But Yours
Holy Spirit, Light Divine
I’ll continue to provide links to music as we go through the season.
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This summer CGS is getting serious about fun.
Every Thursday night is a chance to get goofy, be silly, and delight in the presence and gifts of our community.
Every Thursday night everyone is invited to dinner prepared by one of our loving CGS friends.
After dinner, games for everyone (but especially geared for kids and the people who love them) will commence. Sometimes we’ll get physical and sometimes we’ll challenge our gray matter.
Dessert break is at 7:00pm when we hope all the commuters will join us just before the Game Show begins.
Each week we will play a different game and you can play along or come be our studio audience as your CGS friends test their wits. Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, Minute to Win it, and Pub Trivia are some of the chances you’ll have to walk away with one-of-a-kind prizes.
By Rey Lambatin, Choir Director
At 61 years of age, Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor, and a self-proclaimed humorist, and has gained the reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz, in his published works that include over 300 anthems for church and school choir with 20 church cantatas and two books of piano arrangements. In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a joint concert with Joseph Martin and continued to conduct three cantatas at the Lincoln Center with 250 voices and orchestra. He currently spends most of his time visiting many schools, churches and conferences, conducting and leading music workshops.
I believe it’s helpful to have deeper appreciation of a music to know a little bit about the person behind the songs, and our CGS Choirs are very familiar with some of Pepper Choplin’s music. As a contemporary composer, quite a number of his compositions have been performed by our choirs in our worship services and church special events, such as the Lent cantata “Come, Touch The Robe,” the Keynote Vocal Group favorites “Lay Up Your Treasures In Heaven” and “Fill-A Me Up”, and this past Sunday’s anthem “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another.” His uncomplicated yet beautiful and catchy melodies, paired with lovely arrangements that lend to exquisite harmonies, create a sound that brings both the singers and listeners to a pleasant musical experience.