April 30, 2017

Liturgy Featured at Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly

When I served as the Director of Music for the Lutheran Campus Ministry at Colorado State University (1998-2014), I composed liturgical settings (music for worship) in several different styles.

Christ Is Our Peace, is one that I've described as the Blues-Jazz-Grunge-Islands Fiesta.

Several congregations across the USA have made regular use of this setting for their congregation's use, and even more have made legal use of portions of the liturgy through their CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.) license.

It was very nice to learn that the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) (which encompasses the inter-mountain west—Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico and part of Texas) chose to use this setting for its annual gathering assembly.

It was even more gratifying when we learned that our daughter (now on her internship in her final year of seminary) had been invited to preach for the opening worship.

She expressed some (as expected) nervousness at this responsibility, but when I told her that they had chosen this liturgical setting for that evening's worship she was both excited and comforted!

This was being composed at the end of the last century and was recording and published in 2002.  Now, 14 years later, it continues to find a way to help people worship.  That is gratifying for this composer.