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December Dean's Message
The season of Advent is upon us and most of us are very busy. Music selection, practice, rehearsals—each of us has our own group of involvements. In my own case, in addition to regular choir involvement, I’ve got about a number of organs to tune.
I’ve puzzled as to how we can keep special meaning in this season for ourselves and how we can convey it to others. Think with me back over the many Advent seasons we have experienced. What made them meaningful? For me it is not Christmas homilies—I don’t remember any, or presents—I recall only a few. What I do recall is decorating the Christmas tree with Christmas music in the background, children’s pageants with the singing of “Away in the Manger,” Christmas eve services with the organ and the choir making oh so real the meaning of the season, joyful congregational singing, and singing carols with the family at home. In short, music is what I remember—that is what really brought home to me the meaning of the season. How about for you?
Given the above, I’d like to invite us all to extend the gift of music to others in order to make the season especially meaningful to us this year. Let’s decide, each of us, that we are going to do something extra this year in order to achieve this goal.
Let’s all decide that this year we are going to do something extra. When we do, we will bring the special meaning of the season to others, and in so doing, we will bring the special meaning of the season to ourselves as well. Carl Dodrill
Carl Dodrill, Dean