NOW AVAILABLE: The "Kleinig Festschrift" and Magness Hymn
Recently, DOXOLOGY, the Lutheran Center for Care and Counsel, presented a festschrift to Dr. John W. Kleinig, in grateful thanksgiving for his teaching and ministry. This book contains a new hymn, written in honor of Dr. Kleinig by Stephen Starke on themes that have inspired Kleinig and his students through the years. A new tune was composed for this text by Phillip Magness at the request of Dr. Harold Senkbeil, and the new hymn was then sung in worship for the first time at a festive Service of Evening Prayer held before the festschrift banquet. Liturgy Solutions is pleased now to offer this new hymn for your use, which may be downloaded here.
Listen here to the Magness/Starke hymn, BAROSSA.
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Thank you, Liturgy Solutions, for creating such beautiful, accessible pieces for a smaller church choir. Our group here at Zion thoroughly enjoyed singing several of Cantor Magness' pieces over the Advent/Christmas seasons. His special piano accompaniments make even the simpler hymn stanzas moving and meaningful. Keep up the great work of providing quality, beautiful music - accessible and affordable for the smaller church choir!
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Take a look at "When Peace Like A River". A splendid anthem based on the hymn of the same title. WELS folks take a look as well!
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MUSIC FOR EASTERTIDE:
We at Liturgy Solutions wish you God's richest blessings this upcoming Holy Week and Easter. If there be any last-minute liturgical needs you may have, feel free to contact us. We'll do our best to help.
Meanwhile, it is time to start preparing for the "Great 50 Days" of Easter. One of the nice things about the Sundays of Easter is that the proper Verses are the same for each year of the Three-Year lectionary. In others words, the Verse for the Second Sunday of Easter in Year A is the same as the Verses for that Sunday in Year B and Year C. The Verse for the Fourth Sunday of Easter in Year A likewise matches Year B and Year C. This means you've got lots more options available to you. We also offer a series of Verse settings that use the Palestrina Alleluia (from "The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Won") for the congregational part. Even if you don't have a choir to sing the Proper Verse, you can use this Alleluia for the congregation before and after the Verse, and then simply have the pastor or a cantor chant the proper Verses using tone A from LSB (page xxvi). You can get these for a reduced price as a collection here.
Of course, everyone loves Easter hymns. And we have stanzas of many classics set creatively for you by our composers. The practice of giving some stanza to the choir is a time-tested way of aiding the worshippers' meditation on the text and enahancing their appreciation for sturdy hymn-tunes as vehicles for the Word. If your congregation hasn't done a lot of this in the past, Easter is a good time of year to give this a try. Take, for example, a longer hymn such as "At the Lamb's High Feast" and have the choir sing Jeffrey Blersch's setting of stanza 4 and/or Stephen R. Johnnson's settings of stanza 3 and/or 6. You'll be glad you did.
Finally, we wouldn't claim to be offering "solutions" for you to equip your choirs to assist with the liturgy if we didn't mention our Psalms. Many of the Psalms appointed for the Sundays of Easter overlap, so be sure to check out our Individual Psalms page.
St. Ambrose Hymn Contest
We are also pleased to announce the availability of the winning hymn from the St. Ambrose Hymn Writing Contest, held earlier this year. This hymn, "A Wearied World Still Staggers On" is appropriate for the last Sundays of the Church Year, Stewardship, and whenever the Parable of the Talents is read. We hope you will take a look at this excellent hymn here, and also review the viewable samples of our many hymn and canticle options on our service music page.
Recently my congregation had the privilege of working with Cantor Magness and “Liturgy Solutions”. The motivation for contacting him was the desire to improve our liturgical worship. I can say up front that we were very pleased and impressed with the help he provided!
During his visit he did an evaluation of our worship space which was very beneficial. He made suggestions to help with the acoustics as well as placement of choir and organ. He also met personally with pastor, organists, the choir director and others involved in worship. He was able to garner information and provide expertise on how to have a more cohesive approach to the planning and conducting of the Divine Service.
In addition, Cantor Magness conducted a choir workshop on Saturday morning. The effects of his time spent were immediate as he was able to improve the volume and quality of our rather small choir. He also conducted them during the Sunday Divine Service.
Another benefit of his visit was the time he spent meeting with the leadership as well as leading the Sunday morning bible study, which resulted in a greater appreciation for the historic liturgy.
Cantor Magness then provided a thorough report of his visit, including recommendations, which our congregation is now implementing.
I am grateful to Cantor Magness and Liturgy Solutions for the invaluable resource they provide to the Lord’s church. I am very pleased and impressed with the experience and expertise of Cantor Magness and would highly encourage anyone in need of liturgical renewal to contract with Liturgy Solutions.
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