Judges for our competition for a sacred song for Holy Week or Easter have named two winning songs: “Alone in Gethsemane“ [PDF: 1 p/279 KB] by William Petricko and “Jesus Incarnate“ [PDF: 1 p/279 KB] by the Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman and Dr. Robert Hall.
The prize of $500 will be shared by the co-winners.
William Petricko will retain copyright of his music and lyrics, but The United Church of Canada has the right to use “Alone in Gethsemane” throughout 2013—with performance uses restricted to United Church worship.
Bill Steadman and Robert Hall have assigned copyright to The United Church of Canada in perpetuity.
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Music United members participated in a worship consultation conference call on January 31. There was good discussion and comments, and if you weren’t able to be part of the event you are still invited to participate: Alydia Smith, our staff person at the General Council office, would be delighted to receive more written responses to these Questions for Music Leaders.
Eastminster United Church is an Affirming Congregation in the United Church of Canada located on Toronto’s vibrant Danforth Avenue. We are seeking a music director who can lead our choirs, inspire our congregation to raise our voices, build community both inside and outside our church. The position is anticipated to include 16 hours per week year round starting September 1, 2013 with compensation based on experience and skill. Duties will include leading the musical components of worship, inspiring our adult and children’s choirs and congregation through music both sacred and secular. Music at Eastminster is a mix of modern and traditional and has brought both pageantry and fun to our experience of faith.
The ideal candidate is a person of faith who is
- a skilled keyboard musician and leader,
- with a keen desire to work with and challenge our enthusiastic and skilled adult choir (along with our congregation);
- a patient educator who can bring the joy of music to our children;
- a community builder who has proven commitment to bring the ministry of music to an array of audiences and;
- well organized and tactful.
Please consult our web site for a more detailed description of the role and a link to our Annual Report(http://www.eastminsteruc.org/recent-news/item/153-eastminster-united-church-annual-report-2012) that gives an overview of our music program.
All applications should be emailed to Eastminster@bellnet.ca, by May27, 2013 including the subject line “Music Director Role” in the note.
Aurora United Church is a vibrant faith community, worshipping together for over 190 years. We are currently seeking a Music Director, commencing September 1, 2013, who can immediately become a key component for our growth and vitality. This Music Director will engage our congregation by developing and evolving our music programs to their fullest potential in our technological state of the art facility. Our vision for music at Aurora United is a broad blend of traditional and contemporary, grounded in the finest musical history and forward-looking in spirit. The successful candidate is an accomplished organist (2-manual Casavant pipe organ), pianist (Yamaha grand piano) and choral conductor of both youth and adults who values a team environment. A background in United Church liturgy is an asset. The position is approximately 16 hours per week, with compensation based on experience and qualifications. A complete job description can be found at www.auroraunitedchurch.ca. Applications should be submitted to: Aurora United Church, ATTN: Music Director Search Committee, 15186 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON, L4G 1L9 or by email to: email@example.com. Active consideration of applications will commence on April 22, 2013.
At my church, we tend to cycle through a lot of different offertory songs, many of which are not purpose-written, but just a single verse of a Voices United or More Voices hymn. Sometimes the connection is tenuous. So I wrote the following song called “We Bring Our Gifts to Share” as an alternative. You should be able to access it here: WeBring.
There’s an interesting backstory to this, but to read about that, you will have to go to http://post.queensu.ca/~ab25/spirit to find out more
For those interested in a new song for Earth Sunday (Apr 20 this year), here is a new song to share (intended for congregational use, but it also has a simple instrumental part to supplement). It’s called the Earth is the Lord’s and should be available by clicking here: ”EarthLords“.
But remember that there’s also a whole season after Pentecost (correct me if I’m wrong!) called the Season of Creation where it would also be appropriate.
Scriptural references, the backstory and other songs are available at http://post.queensu.ca/~ab25/spirit
Stittsville United Church – Music Director Position – We are a thriving congregation in a rapidly growing community in west Ottawa and we are looking for a creative, energetic person to be our Music Director. The successful applicant will be proficient in choir direction and piano and organ performance, and have a desire to work collegially with others to enhance our worship life. Primary responsibilities include selecting and offering musical components in worship services on Sunday mornings and special occasions, and directing a 15 voice adult choir. The position is presently 10 hours per week and is remunerated based on the RCCO salary scale. For more information or to submit a resume contact Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Rd., Stittsville, ON K2S 1X5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us at www.suchurch.com
My sister, Verna Kemp, wrote this Amen which I think would be lovely for use during Holy Week.
If you’re still looking for music for Good Friday, here’s a public domain arrangement of the old African-American spiritual “Calvary” which we sang at Crossroads United Church in Delta, BC, last year. Share it around and enjoy.
Olivet United Church in Hamilton seeks a Director of Music who is strongly committed to the expression of Christ-honoring music in both traditional and contemporary worship.