Academic journal article The Hymn

One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician: Cycle A

Academic journal article The Hymn

One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician: Cycle A

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One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician: Cycle A by Nancy M. Raabe. St. Louis: Birnamwood, 2010. 72 pp. ISBN 978-0-944529-50-8. $12.00.

Composer, writer, editor and church musician Nancy Raabe serves as composer-in-residence at Bethel Lutheran Church in Grove City, Ohio, and has held various ministry positions in the Columbus, Ohio area. In One-Minute Devotions for the Church Musician, she offers a pastorally theological and discerning voice.

Raabe's series is tied to the three-year cycle of scripture readings in the Revised Common Lectionary. This volume corresponds with Year A. Volumes corresponding with cycles B and C are forthcoming. The Gospel reading for each week serves as the basis for every devotion. Each reading concludes with a brief prayer and a quotation from the text of a related hymn that corresponds with the theme drawn from the Scripture passage. In her preface, Raabe offers several suggestions regarding the use of her devotions. This reader found the volume particularly useful in communal devotions with fellow church members, sharing the devotion during the week preceding the Sunday on which that lesson would be read. Since it is written for church musicians, choir and ensemble rehearsals offer especially suitable audiences. However, with slight adaptation the book's content is applicable to many congregational settings such as church councils and other small group settings. In addition, Raabe's collection is beneficial even for those who may not follow the lectionary, as many will appreciate her insight into ministry combined with the volume's foundation in Scripture, qualities that transcend use of the lectionary. …

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