2018-09-13 Reflections from the Rector

Our New Choristers at 9am on Sundays
by the Rev. Poulson Reed

“Train up a child in the way that they should go; even when they are old they shall not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

The other day, I was getting ready to go into Evening Prayer, about 5:25pm on a weekday, and I was struck by all that was going on in our church building. There were 7 or 8 people waiting for Evening Prayer in the Chapel, a ministry group was meeting in St. Barbara, and the choristers were rehearsing in the choir room. One of the things I love about All Saints’ is that there is so much activity on our campus, with the many ministries and programs of church and school. Still, it used to be the case that the late afternoon and early evening, after the school dismissal, was relatively quiet at the church many days before the start of evening programs. But more recently, you are likely to hear a variety of music rehearsals and lessons (through our new Music School) taking place before, during, and after Evening Prayer.

Three late afternoons a week, our student choristers from the community have been rehearsing (choristers choose two rehearsals out of three each week), and beginning this Sunday, we will start to hear the fruit of their labors. Our choristers will sing every other Sunday at 9am, supported by the trained adults of our Schola Cantorum. A number of the choristers and their families were not connected to All Saints’ before, and we are delighted to have them with us.

This is the beginning of the fulfillment of a vision: students from the community coming into the orbit of All Saints’ Church, learning how to sing and play instruments, and sharing their talents in worship. As someone who sang in church choirs for most of my life until I was ordained, I know how important those experiences were for me not only musically but spiritually, and in my growth as a person and as a leader. As the quote from Proverbs reminds us, the training we impart to our children will be with them for a lifetime. I couldn’t be more proud of our young musicians, and of their outstanding leaders, Joseph Ripka and Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler.


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