Songleader Paul Vasile arrives to educate and inspire!

Paul Vasile

Paul Vasile

[Update March 15 2017] Click here to download Paul's report!

From now until Lent, Faith Lutheran will be focusing on singing! Not just the singing of the choir or the worship leaders, but singing together as a congregation! When 1 Chronicles 16:23 says, “Sing to the Lord,” it’s not just talking to the choir or the worship leaders, but “all the earth!” So, thanks to generous donations to a fund dedicated to special music, we’ve invited church musical consultant Paul Vasile to spend five weeks with Faith Lutheran giving us tools and training to encourage every member of our congregation to use their God-given voice. In addition to working with the choir and music leaders, Paul will be offering learning opportunities for all the people of Faith to grow in their musical confidence.

Singing as a Spiritual Practice: Wednesdays January 25th and February 1st at 6:30pm in the sanctuary. As part of our Wonders on Wednesday series, Paul will be offering a special class exploring why we sing and how we might better sing together. We especially encourage people who have doubts about their singing to come! Music That Makes Community: Saturday February 11th, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Join us for a one-day paperless music workshop at Faith Lutheran on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presenters Kerri Meyer, Donald Schell, and Paul Vasile will explore the basics of paperless music leadership, teach new songs to enrich your community's worship life and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. This is a great way not only to have a beautiful day of singing, but also to become more confident in your voice and to see some of the techniques that Paul will be sharing with the choir and worship leaders and see if you would be interested in being part of those groups.

Joint Worship and Reflection: Sunday, March 5th, 10a.m. After six weeks of intentionally learning to singing more confidently together, we will have a joint worship service to make music together as one united congregation. Afterwards, we’ll have a potluck, and Paul will lead the congregation in a debriefing of the experience so that we can discuss what we want to make a permanent part of our singing culture.

Paul will also be joining us each Sunday for worship. He’s hard to miss, so when you see him, please give him a warm welcome!

Paul Vasile is the musician in residence at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, as well as the Executive Director of Music that Makes Community, which works to empower and liberate communities’ spiritual life through singing.

John Reed