Sing to the Lord a new song;*
sing God’s praise in the congregation of the faithful...
Praise God in God’s Holy temple;*
praise God in the firmament of God’s power.
Praise God for God’s mighty acts;*
praise God for God’s excellent greatness.
Praise God with the blast of the ram’s-horn;*
praise God with lyre and harp.
Praise God with timbrel and dance; *
praise God with strings and pipe.
Praise God with resounding cymbals;*
praise God with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath*
praise the Lord.
So begins Psalm 149 and Psalm 150 continues, the last of the Book of Psalms in the Bible. Closing with these two psalms reminds us that music is one of our most reliable and sacred windows to God.
What amazing singing! What talented directing! What beautiful organ playing! Mr. John Repulski, our Director of Music & the Arts: you inspire us with creative, resourceful liturgy and wonderful music. And, John, you weave together the various musical genres with the seasons of the Church year and the needs and hopes of Emmanuel Episcopal Church with a wisdom and pastoral sensitivity that amazes. From the Classical repertoire to Jewish and African-American Gospel, from the ancient to the contemporary, you give us a most healthy and dynamic diet of the musical world. God Bless You!
Mr. Jordan Prescott, our Organ Scholar: you share tremendous organ gifts with all of us, giving us that great organ feel of a bountiful orchestra. Jordan, your humility and genuine grace are inspiring. Your promise for the future is exciting. God Bless You!
And the choir. Oh, the choir! Lead by John and assisted by Jordan--together, you do the Psalms proud offering beautiful and diverse music. When you sing, the heavenly chorus of angels, archangels, and all the company of Heaven gleefully join you.
You, the Emmanuel musicians make each Sunday a source of comfort and celebration. Your leadership, organ playing, and singing are invaluable in our journey with God. No words can do our gratitude justice.
With my prayers and awe,
The Rev. Hentzi Elek