Choral Edition (with bluegrass harmonies) of a traditional, yet contemporary folk/bluegrass worship service with a simple musical code: joy!
This service was originally commissioned by Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, Colorado.
Produced by Steve Eulberg for Owl Mountain Music, this service is finding use in congregations across the USA.
Recorded by Russ Hopkins at Kiva Records in Fort Collins. Musicians: Kent Gustavson: Guitar, lead & backing vocals; Eric Ebel: Mandolin; Mike Moxcey: Banjo; Melanie Krepp: Fiddle and backing vocals; Steve Eulberg: Bass, backing vocals.
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1. Entrance Hymn (1:49)
2. Kyrie (3:02)
3. Hymn of Praise (1:56)
4. Gospel Verse (1:30)
5. Glory to You (0:17)
6. Praise to You (0:15)
7. Creedal Hymn (1:19)
8. Offertory (2:06)
9. Canticle (1:05)
10. Invitation (1:04)
11. Holy, Holy (Sanctus) (0:49)
12. Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) (1:12)
13. Post-Communion Canticle (1:56)
14. Benediction (1:18)
15. Hymn of Praise Reprise (1:10)
CD-ROM with printable pdfs of all files need to lead and worship with this setting.
Accompaniment Edition (for Bluegrass instruments)
Piano Accompaniment Edition (by Steve Eulberg)
Congregational Edition (On CD-ROM only)
A Reprinting License is required for use of the CD-ROM materials, contact the Composer here.
“While bluegrass music has become America’s music of the heart in recent years, speaking to the souls of countless people worldwide as well, the church could legitimately be asked the question: “O brother, where art thou?”
But now Kent Gustavson and Owl Mountain Music are offering an authentic bluegrass liturgy that is consistent with the historic traditions of the church. It is sing-able by congregations and groups of ordinary folks, and it is playable by musicians of either simple abilities or advanced skills.
The lovely printed editions guide the way for “paper trained” musicians, but the expertly produced audio CD will be prized among “by ear” musicians and casual listeners alike. Lutheran congregations should worship with this service and then-for outreach–hand out the disk as a take-home devotional. Light Into the World equips Lutherans and other liturgically-based churches to sing the gospel in the tunes and timings of the people.” –Dr. Gil Waldkoenig, B.B. Maurer Associate Professor of Town and Country Ministry and Church in Society, Gettysburg Theological Seminary and Director of the Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI)
“When I work on alternative worship, I try to find liturgy rich in the tradition of the church and then I search for a contemporary idiom in music that is sould music for the people for whom it is intended. Then I try to play that music in service to the liturgy. LIGHT INTO THE WORLD has done this beautifully. This effort not only does a fine job of combining rich liturgical tradition with bluegrass music, it also provides a model for working with classical forms of worship in other genres.” -Tex Sample, Coordinator of the Network for the Study of US Lifestyles, Professor Emeritus–Rogers Chair of Church and Society at St. Paul School of Theology; author of: White Soul: Country Music, the Church and Working People (1996).
From the composer:
Light into the World: Hope for a New Day is a call to all people of God, that we might go out into the world with hope and joy, bearing the gift of love for all creation. That we should stretch out a hand to the poor and afflicted in other places, and more importantly, in our own cities, villages, schools and churches.
My father is a physician who has devoted his life to healing children, and has told me the stories of hundreds of children he sees every year, starving from neglect and starving in poverty. In this country. As such an affluent and advanced society, why do we undervalue feeding and educating our children? Why are we building nuclear weapons when our children are mal-nourished and starving?
For several years, I carried the yoke of responsibility for the hatred that is in this world. I spent time in Palestine, working with children, until one of them was killed, and until I was forced to come home by a war that still rages there… What it took me years to learn is that I can feel responsibility for the suffering of those people, my friends, and yet live my life with the joy it brings.
The answer for me is Christ. God with us. Christ who suffered and died, Christ who wept at the tomb of Lazarus. I understand the suffering of the world through my faith, and I no longer bear the whole burden of what I’ve seen alone.
This worship service is about love and life. The music is joyful, and the words are hopeful. Because for me, this world is full of hope, and full of love
My mother and father taught me about a loving God, who is with us always. My mother is a healer of spirits, a poet and a social worker. And my father is a doctor, healing little babies’ bodies when they come into the world too early, and healing babies’ bodies that are broken from abuse. My parents love the world, and shared this love and hope with me, that I might share it with other people. I dedicate this service to them, and their continuing work to help and heal people.
“Let us go as light into the darkness, as sunshine into night…
where there is hunger or hatred, where there is no joy.
Let us pray for the children, Let us pray for our enemies.
We praise you Lord for your steadfast love, who was and is and is to be… Amen.”