Magazine article The American Organist

Letters

Magazine article The American Organist

Letters

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Opinions expressed in this column are those of the correspondents, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the AGO, APOBA, or the editors of this journal. Letters accepted by the editor may be published whole or in part. Please send letters to Todd Sisley (tsisley@agohq.org),

JOHN RUTTER ADDRESS

In my mind, the September issue of TAO is a standout-with respect to, among other things, its size, the president's message, an article on improving the song of the congregation, the issue's general tone-in spite of the word that AGO membership had declined a tad in the latest membership/dues collection cycle. James Thomashower's page outlining five crucial steps in the membership cycle might be followed with profit by any organization. I intend to give a copy to the pastor of my congregation.

I was surprised to read that John Rutter could find only "one musical reference" in the New Testament! What could possibly account for this? Even not counting the lyrical passages in Luke 1 and 2, and the many references in the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) to music, Christian song is explicitly mentioned in Acts 16:25; 1 Corinthians 14:15, 26; Ephesians 5:19-20; Colossians 3:16; and James 5:13. Also, Hebrews 13:15 likely includes song within its purview. As for the reference that Rutter did manage to find, the mention of a hymn being sung at the Last Supper, this reference is to be found in all three synoptic gospels. It is indeed most likely that the "hymn" in view was a part of the Hallel (Psalms 113-118), sung at domestic observances of the Passover. …

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