Steve Eulberg, B.A., M. Div., M.MusEd, was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament in The ALC (The American Lutheran Church) He served a congregation that subsequently became a member of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.) After serving as Director of Music at First Presbyterian in Loveland, Colorado, and guitarist for Agua de Vida (Northern Colorado Hispanic Ministry), he became the Director of Music at the Lutheran Campus Ministry @ Colorado State University, serving from 1998 to 2014. He has served as musician for Lutheran synodical, regional and churchwide events as well as interdenominational events and gatherings. His worship music has been published by AugsburgFortress, Abdingdon and Chalice Press.
While serving as an innercity pastor of a cross-cultural congregation in Kansas City, Missouri, Steve recognized the power of Music as an organizing tool to bring people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together in one community. We sought intentionally to celebrate and Worship with both cultural and theological integrity. Owl Mountain Music was formed in 1991 when I produced our congregation’s worshipbook (The Fountain of Hope Lutheran Fellowship Songbook, in its 4th printing) to help us gather some of the of the musical resources that aided us, as well as the new music created in the context of our community.
One of the gifts of the Lutheran Theological/Worship tradition is to insist that Worship and Music be in the language of the people. We stand within a living tradition that constantly engages us in community re-shaping dialogue.
“Gathering a community from the diverse people of Kansas City’s eastside neighborhood has been an exercise in hope. Hoping in the midst of despair, trusting that which we do not yet see, acting “as if,” searching diligently for and finding God’s surprising presence. Music is a vital organizing tool for this process. We have sought regularly to celebrate by using songs and hymns from the traditions of the gathered people, as well as creating new music and worship forms–weaving our own rich worship tradition which gives a witness with both cultural and theological integrity.”
–Steve Eulberg, M. Div., from the Introduction to the 4th printing of the Fountain of Hope Lutheran Fellowship Songbook.
“The writer of Colossians 3:17-18 encourages the readers to strengthen their faith with the singing of “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs”, the Psalmist inspires us to “Sing unto the Lord a New Song.” Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing among you.” New songs arise when folks have a need, are hard pressed, or simply need to find a voice to express what God is teaching them through the circumstances of their lives.”
--Steve Eulberg, M. Div., from the Introduction to Songs for Thankful Hearts.
Steve offers the following workshops to help communities of faith engage in this dialogue:
- Singing Our Soul
- Using Percussion in Worship
- Music in the Small Church with No (or low-) Paid Musician
- Finding and Singing Your Congregation’s Soul
- Help, We’re getting lost in all the New Liturgies!
- Developing a Summer Youth Program
- Building and Playing Mountain Dulcimers as Spiritual Growth (small groups of Adults and/or youth)
Others are being designed to meet specific needs and requests.
1. I am available for Consultation with Pastors, musicians, choir directors and music leaders. Contact me for more information.
2. I have written many Theme Songs for Youth Camps, Retreats, Assemblies and special events. Contact me for more information.
Sample: “I am a Pond”
3. I offer Music Transcription ($30 for transcribing original songs from an mp3 to lead sheet with chords using Finale.) Contact me about Arranging & Commissioning Compositions.