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A Note to the Congregation from Gay:


Several of you asked me about Montreat. The theme of the conference was “Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen,” which is a hymn in our new hymnal. Each day, worship was based upon a phrase of this hymn. Preaching, liturgy, music, visual arts, and other components were united to make meaningful worship experiences each day.

I attended two choir rehearsals each day. The director was Chris Aspaas, who is a faculty member at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Imagine the glorious sound of 500 voices singing the hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” Truly it was a foretaste of the heavenly choir. Katy and I attended handbell class and rang bells side-by-side. We had a great time making music together. Susan Cherwien, who wrote the text of “Rise, O Church, Like Christ Arisen,” was the Routley hymn lecturer. I attended her class as well as a Bible class taught by Paul Westermeyer, author and emeritus professor at Luther Seminary. Both classes were compelling.

Thank you for the financial assistance to attend the conference. I hope to share something of what I gained at the conference with you in the coming year.

Here’s a photo of the lake and mist hovering over the mountain in the morning. Beautiful!
— Gay