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Lancer Express February 14-18, 2022

Staff Message - Renee Schmill

I love music! No, I mean, I really love music! I love making music. I love singing music. I love teaching music. I love directing musicals. I love teaching wind instruments, brass instruments, and percussion instruments! I love music and believe with all my heart that music is one of the most amazing gifts that our God has given us!

And I’m not alone in that belief! Martin Luther expressed this: Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through music.

Thank you, Dr. Luther! I couldn’t agree more!

Music is an amazing gift for us to use in worship--to pray, to praise, and to proclaim. We can sing our favorite hymn and use it to pray to the Lord. We can select a Psalm and praise our Lord for all he has done. We can sing to a roomful of people and powerfully proclaim the good news of salvation.

Music is a gift for all ages. Music was a gift when we were young and our parents sang with us at bedtime and taught us to sing “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.” Music was a gift when we were in grade school, and we joined with our classmates in the Christmas Eve service and sang of the Christ child born in a manger. And music is a gift now as we grow older and grow in our ability to sing, to play instruments, to be in choirs, or maybe just simply to listen and enjoy and be blessed by the gift of music. Yes, music truly is for life! There are no limits to our lifelong enjoyment of music.