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  1. Glenn
    Glenn September 29, 2014 at 8:48 am |

    Vern,
    My daughter is in the museum field. She worked as a docent and assistant to the curator while in college.
    Your connection to curation for the Minister is fascinating to me.
    It makes perfect sense that God would want those planning and leading worship for the family to be studied in their craft.

    The knowledge bed of the docent alone can be overwhelming. I went on tours with her. She had more information in her head than she had time for in each tour so she varied the tour and tailored each one to the people who came. The elementary 5th grade class got something quite different from the high school history class or the Senior Living tour. Yet she lovingly tied them all together.

    I guess what we are doing in our churches is working to the end that our leaders study their craft and calling toward a broad knowledge as they unselfishly serve others–their interests and needs.

    Thanks for a great article and prompting me to remember my lovely daughter.

    1. Elaine Haley
      Elaine Haley September 29, 2014 at 11:41 am |

      When I go through publisher packets, after gleaning through what I believe will work well in our situation and are musically interesting, I make several notes on the pieces themselves which would include style, Scripture, all relevant info. I color code by use: purple for Advent/Christmas, green for Holy Week/Easter, red for Pentecost, royal blue for Patriotic, etc. On my computer I have two lists: first, anthems by publisher; 2nd, anthems by use (filed by Fall, 2014 or Spring, 2015 etc.) You can further subcategorize if needed. All this is kept on file in computer, but is also printed and put in a binder. I have several years worth of this info, so when the pastor wants to preach on a certain topic/passage, it is very helpful. I have gone back through my records to find the perfect anthem on Jesus and Nicoudemus or the Woman at the Well, etc. I am also blessed with a pastor who gives me 6+ mo. notice of what he is preaching . . . a first in my career of almost 29 years. I have also found that with pastors who give you practically no notice, armed with the church calendar and a lot of prayer, God uses the music to His glory. The Lord works with what we bring Him, however long or short-planned. Prayer and preparation are key. This whole process is labor intensive!!!!! I go through more than 10 publishers twice a year, and I can generally tell in a few seconds if the piece is interesting enough to make the first cut of something I would consider buying. I love doing this and marvel at God’s creativity/giftedness in composers, etc. . . .even if we can’t use the piece. (Its fun to see when some of our pieces are also on Creator’s Top Twenty list. Let’s me know I’m doing something right!) It would probably feel less labor intensive if I did this when each packet came in , but I haven’t gotten there yet. My pastor goes every year during fall break on a sermon planning retreat for the year. I am so blessed. wish I could go away on an anthem planning retreat! lol!! An isolated classroom in the church works fine!

  2. Kevin G Lindsay
    Kevin G Lindsay September 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm |

    Wow that resonates exactly with what I am up against. Love the food pyramid analogy… Keep up the good work!

  3. Elaine Haley
    Elaine Haley September 30, 2014 at 9:37 am |

    great idea!