What an incredible weekend of classes we had at The Center for Worship & Music Studies. Students came from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Colorado. We even had a guest from Leipzig, Germany. Friday we gathered at Prince of Peace in Brooklyn Park, MN, with teachers, Mary Preus, Chad Winterfeldt, and myself (Jay Beech) for Leading Congregational Singing. Students included very experienced church musicians, so the conversations were really rich and interesting.
Saturday morning we were back at PoP for Contemplative Music for Worship with teacher, Tom Witt. We learned beautiful songs from Taizé, Holden Prayer Around the Cross, and several other sources. Tom led us through a couple of very meaningful services and shared ideas about how to effectively introduce congregations to these practices.
Saturday afternoon face-to-face students were joined by distance learners for The Best of Worship & Praise. Led by a good band, we sang through lots of new music from the Christian music industry that had been selected for theological content, sing-ability, and topical variety.
That evening I was able to attend Agape’s CD release party at the Capri Theater in north Minneapolis where he performed tunes from his new title, Enough. It was excellent! Great theology, music, and dancing.