“O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great king above all gods.
O come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” – Psalm 95:1-3,6-7
Santa Fe is a singing church. Guests and members alike often remark on the enthusiasm and joy of our congregational hymns and praise songs. I pray that the “spirit of praise” will continue on and on as we grow and share God’s blessings as a congregation. Hymn writer Fred Pratt Green wrote these beautiful words: “When in our music God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried: Alleluia! Let every instrument be tuned for praise! Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise! And may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!”
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WE NEED YOU in the Chancel Choir! As you can tell, our choir numbers have declined a bit through the year, due to moves and ongoing illnesses. The choir has always been the backbone of our music ministry here at Santa Fe, and I pray it will strengthen and grow in the years ahead. It is really a small time commitment: one rehearsal on Wednesday night, and warm-up and 11:00 worship service on Sunday morning. I will even work with those who have Wednesday night conflicts by providing recordings.
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We look forward to a great Fall and Holiday Season at Santa Fe. Here are some dates to remember:
August 9 – CHANCEL CHOIR resumes, 6:45 p.m.
MUSTARD SEED resumes, 8:00 p.m.
August 20 – “Promotion Sunday” at Santa Fe
September 10 – Santa Fe “Day of Grace” – Outdoor service at 11:00 a.m.
September 13 – KIDS’ CLUB resumes at 4:30 p.m., which includes our children’s music
YOUTH BELLS and YOUTH MUSIC/DRAMA GROUP resume
October 1 – –World Communion Sunday
October 29 – Reformation Sunday
December 3 – The 1st Sunday of Advent / “Hanging of the Greens”
December 24 – A CEREMONY OF LESSONS AND CAROLS – led by the Chancel Choir and Instrumentalists, 11:00 a.m.
“O come, let us adore Him.”
In God’s love, Tim G.