September 2011


Our Money
What shall we say about our money? You know how guarded we are about it – not wanting anyone to know how much money we make! Well, I suppose, it finally doesn’t matter much what we think about it. But what the Bible and Luther have to say about it is an entirely different matter. So here goes.
    God wants us to have enough wealth to get by (Matthew 6:33; James 1:17). Otherwise we wouldn’t have anything left over to help others with (Luke 10:35). The only problem is that we must never love our wealth (1 Timothy 6:10) – for then ruin sets in (1 Timothy 6:9; James 5:1-3)!  So Luther writes that God

“grants wealth in order to… put you to the test, to see whether you are willing to abide in His fear, to humble yourself before Him, and also render the obedience that is due Him. For very few do this; they [instead] become haughty because of their good fortune. Hence the proverb…. ‘It takes strong legs to carry good days’…. Therefore Psalm 62:10 warns: ‘If riches increase, set not your heart on them’” (Luther’s Works 3:248).

    So be warned; tithe your income and your estate; share; and always give thanks to God.


Pastor Marshall


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President’s Report… by Matthew Kahn

Council News


I want to thank everyone who attended the mid-year congregational meeting on July 31th. Thank you for taking some time out of your summer to help guide our Parish. We are truly blessed by God to have so many caring members. Without the membership we would not have a functioning church. Without our membership, we would not be able to spread His word.

I also want to thank Foss Home & Village for their presentation on the changing face of long-term care. As many of you already know First Lutheran Church of West Seattle and Foss Home have a long intertwined history. Foss Home provides a valuable service to our friends, family members and neighbors. It is nice to see this relationship continue. 

We have been blessed over the last several months with our finances. Since the council’s plea for contributions we have been able to stem the tide of our shortfall.  However we still have some budget deficiencies to make up before the end of the year.

July was an example of starting that catch-up process. We had $19,597.55 in Total General Budget Receipts as compared to a budged $17,627.00. In July alone we raised $2,000 out of our $7,400 shortfall that we had at the end of spring. This is indeed a blessing, but we still have about $5,000 to make up before the end of the year.

Please continue to give so that we can remain financially viable in order to spread the Gospel of our Lord.

So far this year we have had a    Total General Budget Income of $134,967.80 as compared to a year to date budget of $140,299.00. This is the $5,000 total shortfall for the year that we are in the process of overcoming. We know that with guidance and blessings from God, and the congregation’s generosity, we will make this up before the end of the year!

    Have a great – and blessed September! 




Gratitude from the Heart

What is the true meaning of stewardship?  It is not just a word in the dictionary but a reflection of our gratitude for the many blessings we receive.  This gratitude can be shown by the giving of our tithe to the church or when we help others such as with household assistance or when we help someone get to the doctor.  It can also be in the community when we give to the Food Bank or the Helpline.  When we do things like this freely, we are following the example of the Good Samaritan – filling a need without expecting any reward.  Then we will be blessed.  So examine yourselves to see if your hearts are filled with gratitude for all that God has given you – then act accordingly by the power of his grace.

                                                                                                                                                                     Janice Lundbeck, Church Council
















Friday, September 30th


   On Friday, September 30, 2011, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle

   will host The Consecration of the Rev. Kevin Bond Allen, as Bishop of

   the Cascadia Diocese for the Anglican Church in North America,

   established in 2009. The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop and

   Primate of the ACNA, will preside at the consecration, along with

   some 15 other Anglican bishops.


Schedule for

Wednesday Bible Classes

with Pastor Marshall


Morning 10- 11:30 am

Fall: Acts                                                           Spring: Ezekiel

1) Acts 1.1-2.47         9) Acts 16.1-40               1) Ezekiel 1-3                    9) Ezekiel 24-27

2) Acts 3.1-4.37         10) Acts 17.1-18.28        2) Ezekiel 4-7                    10) Ezekiel 28-29

3) Acts 5.1-42            11) Acts 19.1-41             3) Ezekiel 8-11                  11) Ezekiel 30-32

4) Acts 6.1-8.40         12) Acts 20.1-21.40        4) Ezekiel 12-14                12) Ezekiel 33-35

5) Acts 9.1-10.48       13) Acts 22.1-23.35        5) Ezekiel 15-16                13) Ezekiel 36-37

6) Acts 11.1-12.25     14) Acts 24.1-25.27        6) Ezekiel 17-19                14) Ezekiel 38-41

7) Acts 13.1-14.28     15) Acts 26.1-27.44        7) Ezekiel 20-21                15) Ezekiel 42-45

8) Acts 15.1-41          16) Acts 28.1-31             8) Ezekiel 22-23                16) Ezekiel 46-50


Evening 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Fall: Joshua                                                       Spring: Thessalonians, Colossians and Philippians

1) Joshua 1.1-17        9) Joshua 13.1-14.15      1) 1 Thessalonians 1.1-10  9) Colossians 1.1-29

2) Joshua 2.1-3.17     10) Joshua 15.1-16.10    2) 1 Thessalonians 2.1-19  10) Colossians 2.1-23

3) Joshua 4.1-5.15     11) Joshua 17.1-18.28    3) 1 Thessalonians 3.1-13  11) Colossians 3.1-25

4) Joshua 6.1-27        12) Joshua 19.1-51         4) 1 Thessalonians 4.1-17  12) Colossians 4.1-18

5) Joshua 7.1-26        13) Joshua 20.1-21.45    5) 1 Thessalonians 5.1-28  13) Philippians 1.1-30

6) Joshua 8.1-35        14) Joshua 22.1-34         6) 2 Thessalonians 1.1-12  14) Philippians 2.1-29

7) Joshua 9.1-10.43   15) Joshua 23.1-16         7) 2 Thessalonians 2.1-17  15) Philippians 3.1-21

8) Joshua 11.1-12.24 16) Joshua 24.1-33         8) 2 Thessalonians 3.1-18  16) Philippians 4.1-23

With the Mind


Readings in Contemporary Theology with Pastor Marshall

in the Church Lounge, 3-5 pm, the fourth Saturday of each month.



Sept. 24     Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (2005).

Oct. 22      Rebecca Goldstein, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction (2010).

Nov. 26     Andreas Köstenberger & Michael Kruger The Heresy of Orthodoxy (2010).

Dec. 30 (Fri.)  Bill Myers, Eli: A Novel (2000).

Jan. 22      Julia Scheeres, Jesus Land: A Memoir (2005).

Feb. 26      Walker Percy, The Second Coming: A Novel (1980).

Mar. 26     Susan Pfeffer, Life as We Knew It: A Novel (2006).

Apr. 23     William Johnston, Christian Zen, 3rd Edition (1997).

May 28     Andrew Newberg, et al, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science & the Biology of Belief (2002).


September Book


3-5 pm in the Church Lounge, Saturday, September 24th.


The book for September is The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought (2005) by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Marilynne Robinson. This book is a refutation of the supposed supplanting of religion by science (68, 71).

     But even so, we’re still in trouble: “What if, in important numbers, we believe there is a God who is mysterious and demanding, with whom one is not easily at peace? What if we believe there will be a reckoning? I find no evidence that such beliefs were felt to be discredited or that they were consciously abandoned. They simply dropped out of the cultural conversation. And at the same time we adopted this very small view of ourselves…. It is our comfort and our distraction. We are spiritual agoraphobes” (85-86).

     A copy of this profound cultural study is in the church library. If you would like to purchase one for yourself, contact Pastor Marshall. Feel free to attend our meeting when we discuss the impact of modernity on the church.

Sunday Education

with Pastor Marshall


9:00 to 10:00 am, Room D



FALL SESSION I, September 11 - October 30

Preaching the Reformation: Luther’s Eight Wittenberg Sermons

            This eight week class will study Luther’s famous eight sermons preached in one week in Wittenberg in March 1522.

This class is the third in our series on studies in the Reformation leading up to its 500th anniversary in 2017.


FALL SESSION II, November 6 - December 18

The Fires of Hell: Understanding the Necessity of Damnation

            In this eight week class we will study a recent article [John Lamont, “The Justice and Goodness of Hell,” Faith and Philosophy, April 2011] explaining why there has to be a hell as awful as the one described in the New Testament.


WINTER SESSION, January 8-29

Going for the Jugular: Luther on Genesis 22

            In this short, four week class we study excerpts from Luther’s 100 page commentary on Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22.

This class is the fourth in our series on studies in the Reformation leading up to its 500th anniversary in 2017.


SPRING SESSION I, February 5 – March 25

Suffering With Christ: A Study on the Epistle of First Peter

            In this eight week class we will study the book of First Peter – which has been a favorite of Lutheran for generations.



SPRING SESSION II, April 1- May 27

The Christian Prayer Book: A Study of the Book of Psalms

            This eight week class will study the book of the Psalms – which has been regarded as the prayer book of Christians throughout the history of the church. Each class will have a worksheet with questions on select psalms.


The King James Version of the Bible:

Its 400th Anniversary, 1611-2011

By Pastor Marshall


In this column I have been commemorating the King James Version of the Bible during its anniversary year. Many, however, could well find this to be a waste of time because the KJV is long out of date and so does nothing to further the spread of Christianity throughout the world today. But, as it has been recently pointed out, there is reason to reconsider this dismal view of the KJV:

In stark contrast to [the KJV], many Bible publishers today use language that’s made to read like a popular novel in an attempt to reach people who feel that what the Bible has to say is already alien to their experience. There isn’t much evidence that these strategies have worked to find more readers, however…. [For] even with dozens of contemporary English translations available, the average adult does not know the Bible any better today than was the case 150 years ago [Jon M. Sweeney, “KJV at 400,” The Christian Century (July 12, 2011) p. 32].

And in a similar vein, there is this recommendation of the old Latin Bible:

With his Olmütz friends… he read the Bible – chiefly the New Testament – together…. Wittgenstein thought it best read in Latin. The great building blocks of that language always appealed to him, but there was also a remoteness, the hieratic quality that Latin lent to the text, quite the opposite of that familiarity with the sacred which he so much disliked [Brian McGuinness, Wittgenstein: A Life: Young Ludwig 1889-1921 (1988) p. 255]




A Forgotten But Powerful Voice:

Dr. Kent S. Knutson, 1924-1973

By Pastor Marshall


Dr. Knutson was the presiding bishop of the ALC from 1971-1973 – when he died of a rare neurological disease. Before that he was a professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN (1958-1969) and president of Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA (1969-1970). In his most famous book, The Shape of the Question: The Mission of the Church in a Secular Age (1972), he writes these words that are still worth our serious consideration:


The mission of the church is clear in any age [and] it is to proclaim and live the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…. The chief problem [it] encounters… today… is a rather strange and vague thing called secularism…. [This phenomenon is about the fact that] Western man has a different understanding of himself and his world than did the generations which went before him…. He affirms the temporal character of his existence and finds the other-worldly meaningless. Knowledge is understood to be that which is… based on the exercise of man’s rational faculties and his powers of observation alone. Theology has doubtful credentials and belongs to… the illusory…. [And so] man must create his own values, set his own standards and goals, and work out his own salvation…. [Consequently] many people who use the name of God are really practical atheists because their naming of God has no influence on anything they think or do. They have become dishonest secularists and our churches are full of them (pp. 10, 13, 15, 16).


Sunday, December 4, 2010 from 4pm


Here we go again…….and thank you to all who have already begun helping prepare for this annual fund raising event.   We still have a handful of ornaments left on the “Christmas in July (and August, too)” tree… feel free to take a few and purchase the items for gift baskets.  And always remember that all our efforts are to support, in a fun and enjoyable way, 2 very important extended ministries – the West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline.

     We are looking forward to having a super evening of wine tasting, wine ring tossing (for prizes!), munchies, and “shopping” for Christmas gifts for friends and family.  And all for a good cause.  Where else can you go close to home to such a party for 2 great organizations!  So plan to come and invite your neighbors and family and friends. 

     Sign-up sheets for helpers for the event will be posted in October and more details about the event will appear in future Messengers and bulletin announcements.  Most importantly, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!! If you don’t come there will be no party and no fund raising.  


Library News……


The Library has been a bit neglected recently and I am hoping to rectify that this year.  One thing that will help me is having an idea of what kinds of books and media you would like to have available.  There are a lot of titles in the Library, and many that have never been checked out……so I assume either they are of no interest, or what items that we have in the Library are an unknown quantity.  If you have an interest in helping me solve this mystery, give me a call (206) 937-6740, send an email , or leave me a note in the Library check-out box.  We want to have selections that have interest, value, challenge us, and enrich us.  Thanks for helping!


                                                                    ―Larraine King

Agape Fund

Over the course of the last two years, the extended ministries program has made an effort to make contributions to and awareness of the various local and international charities First Lutheran has participated in more in the forefront of our congregation’s collective mind. We have given a great deal of support to the West Seattle Food Bank and Helpline, as well as to Lutheran World Relief and many other deserving programs that strive to help people in need across the world. But one thing we have not done in the past is make a concerted effort to help those in our own congregation and those outside of our congregation who cannot get the aid they need through the various agencies we support. This is one of the main purposes of the Agape Fund.

     This fund was set up so that we would have reserves to be able to assist those in and out of our parish who needed monetary assistance in times of great need. We have not maintained a large amount in the fund for quite some time. Awareness of the fund was brought up at the midyear meeting in July – an awareness that is sorely needed. This fund exists solely to assist our parish and community members when sudden desperate need strikes them. This is something that could happen to any one of us at any time. Wouldn’t we all want somewhere to turn for the assistance we needed if we found ourselves in this situation? 

      So for the months of September and October, the extended ministries project is going to be focused on raising money for the Agape Fund so that we will have funds available for those who need them when the time comes. Hopefully by focusing on the fund for these two months, we will raise an awareness of the need for this fund and be able to continue growing it on a regular basis. This has been a difficult year for our church financially – imagine what that means it has been for the members of our parish and community. Please find it in your hearts to spare even a small amount of money for this very important fund so that we may continue to help our parish and community members in need.

                                                                                                                                                                                       Elizabeth Olsen


Thank You… for the 13 backpacks, 7 bags of school supplies and cash donations that we were able to give to the Helpline over the past 6 weeks!


The Endowment Fund


Putting the Church in Your Will

By Pastor Marshall

Our church endowment fund continues to grow.  We thank God for all who have made gifts to this fund and the support it provides our church. Especially we thank God for the major donors to our endowment fund – George (1925-2003) & Marion (1929-2005) Colvin, Lila Granaas (1913-2002), Orma Nesheim (1917-2010), and Alida Rottman (1922-2011). 

    One significant way to support the fund is to include the church in your will.  If you would like to do this and have not done so already, think of giving 10% of the residual value of your estate to the church.  In this way you will be able to tithe the income the investments of your estate has earned over the years.  This is a fitting way to thank God for the blessings of prosperity we enjoy.

    Our endowment fund was established in January 1996.  The gifts made to the fund are never spent.  The interest earned is added each to year to help meet our budget.  In this way you can go on supporting our church long after you have departed to join the church triumphant.  Praise be to God!



The Sacrament

of Penance


On the third Saturday of each month, between 3 and 5 pm, the Sacrament of Penance is offered in the Chapel.  This brief liturgy enables people – one at a time – to confess their sins and receive the blessed assurance of forgiveness.

    This liturgy is ancient but largely neglected in recent years in America.  It is similar to the Roman Catholic confessional, but unlike it in that this liturgy is done face to face with the pastor.  Copies of the liturgy are available in the church office.

    This individual form of confession is more detailed than the general form used during Advent and Lent in the Communion liturgy.  It allows for but does not require listing of specific sinful burdens.  It also provides for specific instructions from the pastor for each confessor.  These additional details enrich the life of the believer. 

    Martin Luther's critique of confession never included the elimination of individual, private confession.  His critique regarded instead the way it was being done.  So we continue to honor his words in his Large Catechism: 

“If you are a Christian, you should be glad to run more than a hundred miles for confession.” (BC, p.460). 

So plan to come –


Sept. 17,

3 to 5 pm

in the Chapel. 

Blessings await you.

(You may also schedule Penance at another time.)

National Catholic Register

    Daily News

Singing the Mass

The editor of Sacred Music talks about current trends in liturgical music, his conversion to the faith through Gregorian chant, and what to expect from the new Missal.


| Posted 12/30/10 at 1:07 AM

Jeffrey Tucker thought he had heard it all in the world of music. Then he attended a chanted Mass.

Unlike the secular music he was used to, the simple chant he heard raised his mind and heart to God. This life-changing experience facilitated his conversion to the Catholic faith in 1985.

Unfortunately, he was disappointed with much of the music he heard in church. Tucker decided to do something about it. In 2002 he became a member of the Church Music Association of America, and has been the managing editor of the group’s journal Sacred Music since 2005.

Tucker is also editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, which bills itself as “the research and education center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory and the Austrian School of economics.”

But as far as the Catholic heritage of music is concerned, the object of Tucker’s most recent enthusiasm has been the assemblage and distribution of a book of chants to correspond with the implementation of the new English translation of the Roman Missal later this year.

You’re a convert to Catholicism. How did your conversion occur?

Every time I tell the story, it is different. I recently realized why: Conversions are too big for full cognition. Too many influences hit us from too many directions to make sense of it all, and there is the element of the divine that surpasses consciousness. So I’m at the point of realizing that I do not and cannot know how or why it occurred.

However, I do know this: Music played a role. I had been a lifetime musician, playing in symphonies and jazz combos and everything in between. But there was something about hearing the Mass chanted with just a few small notes — by an older priest with a tired voice — that transformed me completely. I was about 22 years old and I had never heard anything so beautiful. The total absence of ego and the total absorption in a purpose beyond time enthralled me. I think that these notes unlocked my mind to understand and opened my heart to a kind of love I had never known. Looking back at it, those small notes had a more powerful effect than the shelves of books and the endless hours of studying the faith.

How did your newly-found interest in sacred music proceed from there?

That chant in Mass that I heard from the late Father Urban Schnaus at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception exposed me to something completely new, something words and argument alone could not express. The context mattered too: This wasn’t a music history class. It changed everything. My whole aesthetic outlook changed. Instead of looking for truth and beauty in the avant-garde, I found it in music that was unbound from the temporal world.

From the chant, I moved on to listen to Renaissance polyphony, in which I heard a level of sophistication that I did not hear in much modern

This is what the Simple Propers Project is all about. It is managed by Adam Bartlett of Phoenix, Ariz. He is writing melodies that anyone can sing for English-text versions of the propers, together with Psalms. The results are stunningly beautiful, and it will enable parishes to do what they should be doing. The full book is to be published as an open-source book, meaning it won’t be copyright-protected and will be given away for free. This replicates the way music was distributed in the first 1,800 years of Christianity. I fully expect this collection will have a major impact on Catholic liturgy all over the English-speaking world, and it fits perfectly with the new Missal translation.

What do you say to parish music directors who think that prescribed music for the Mass takes away from their artistic freedom?

In some ways, Catholicism in general takes away from our freedom to believe and do whatever we want, but there is another sense in which the framework itself frees us to do what is right, true, and beautiful. Many art historians have looked back to see that it is not untethered freedom that has given rise to great art but rather creativity within constraints. Think of the Mass settings of the Renaissance and Classical periods. Many of the great secular composers are best known for their settings of Requiem Masses or operas with a pre-set story. Artists craved a framework to work within; it is this framework that causes an exit from the ego, which is probably the beginning of truly lasting contributions to art.

There is also the need for music at Mass to unify the purposes of the gathered community. That cannot happen if the music is all about individual preferences. Notice how even four people in a moving car cannot agree on which radio station should be played. If we leave the choice solely to individual preferences, the result will be chaos.

What are the goals of the Sacred Music journal?

Sacred Music is the oldest, continuously-published music journal in the English-speaking world. It is now on volume 137, if you can believe it. The goal is to publish scholarship, to provide news, to offer tutorials, to inspire and teach, and generally serve as a literary infrastructure for a burgeoning movement. It is going very well, but the digital presence of the sacred music movement has also been important. I’m very happy with how is coming along. The forums at are huge and essential, helping musicians every day. The ethos is starting to change.

Do you have any projects corresponding with the new missal translation which will begin to be in use in Advent 2011?

I’m so excited about this that I can hardly stand it. This is a chance for a new beginning with the ordinary form. The new translation is so much better, so much more beautiful. People will notice immediately, not just in the order of Mass but in all the celebrant parts, too. The chants are now embedded in the structure of the missal; this was not previously true.. We’ve already recorded all these chants on YouTube and made them available to every singer in the world for free.

But there is something even more important. It is called the Simple Propers Project. Some background: in 1969 the Consilium [the commission established to implement Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy] stated definitively that it is not fitting that hymns should replace the propers of the Mass, that is, the antiphon text for the entrance, psalm or tract, offertory, and communion. Of course this statement is widely ignored today. The leap from silly songs to serious Gregorian chant is a bit large for most parishes, in part because we’ve lacked good resources to make the transition possible.

music, which seemed strangely superficial and simple by comparison. It’s like comparing a medieval cathedral to a trailer home. Gradually, chant and polyphony took over my brain and hardly any other music mattered anymore.

Of course my fascination with it began as purely artistic, but when I realized that there was a reason for its structure and sound, my appreciation grew. I realized that it is all a form of prayer, and the musical structure amounts to an attempt by mortals to touch a realm of immortality. It was all an attempt to somehow capture and characterize what the ancients called the “music of the spheres,” which is something like a heavenly sound that might be worthy to be presented by angels at the throne of God. The composers and the tradition heard something true and beautiful and the liturgy absorbed it as its own.

It goes without saying that secular music doesn’t attempt this at all. It is designed to flatter the performers, indulge the composers, entertain the audience, or whatever. There is a place for this approach in the culture at large, but sacred music has a different purpose. To me, to begin to understand liturgical music is to realize this central point that appears in Christian writings from the earliest age: There is a difference between sacred and profane. Many people deny this today, which just amazes me. I consider it so axiomatic that it is not worth debating, only explaining.

Why do people deny it? It has something to do with an embedded agnosticism born of deconstructionist thinking. There is no intrinsic meaning in anything, this view says, so how can we really make such distinctions between what is sacred and what is not?

But you are more than a student or listener; you’re also a practitioner and a director.

I became interested in sacred music as a practitioner because the tragedy of its loss is so undeniably

obvious to any practicing Catholic. Given our heritage, given what Catholicism has done artistically through the ages (we invented music notation, for example), given what Vatican II called the “treasury of sacred music,” it is shocking how absent it is from our parishes. But that’s only the beginning of the problem. The real core is the loss of the ideal, the near absence of an understanding that musicians have any serious responsibilities to the ritual. So far as I can tell, this is an unprecedented situation, and it cries out for change.

Many people have noted what a dramatic contrast the reality is from the hope of the Second Vatican Council, which called for the Gregorian tradition to assume first place at Mass. Many Council fathers hoped for a liturgical reform that would put an end to the pre-conciliar practice of vernacular hymnody dominating the Mass. They wanted to universalize the high Mass with music that is native to the ritual. It didn’t turn out that way, for a variety of reasons.

For many years, I sat by and wished someone would do something about the problem. Then one day I realized that I had a responsibility to step forward and do something myself. I realized that it is not just a matter of selecting the right stuff to sing, but there is training required and massive personal sacrifices are necessary. There were political, pastoral, and logistical obstacles to overcome, so the change would not be easy. It required an infrastructure and a long-term outlook.

Colleagues in the Church Music Association of America felt the same way. Under the leadership of Dr. William Mahrt, good things are happening. Really, a new renaissance is under way. Our annual colloquium trains hundreds of people each year and turns away as many as it accepts simply because there is not enough room.

What are the most common misconceptions about sacred music in the mind of the average Catholic?

I’m not entirely sure that the average Catholic is as confused as the nice people who attempt to provide music in our parishes from week to week. If you ask the average Catholic what kind of music is integral to our liturgy and ritual, most will mention Gregorian chant. They are right. The music of the Church was taking shape around the same time as the books of the Bible were being chosen; the faith and its music grew up and took shape together. Just as Scripture continues to speak to us today, the music of the faith speaks to us as well.

I find it striking that most non-Catholics imagine that our services are dominated by the kind of chant heard in movies and television. But the truth is that we do not hear it in our parishes. Why not? The musicians have not had their responsibilities explained to them. They do not know that the Church has assigned a specific and brilliant piece of music for every part of the Mass throughout the liturgical year. Not one in one hundred Catholic musicians know this. They’ve never heard of the Graduale Romanum, which is the music book of the Roman Rite. They’ve never been told that there are ideals that extend beyond a weekly game of English-hymn roulette.

People who do know about chant are often afraid of it because the notation is different and the language is different. The rhythm is different too. So it is with the rest of Catholicism. What we do is different from what the rest of the world does. We understand the need to train in doctrine and morals, but somehow we think that such training should not be necessary for liturgical music.

We have to realize that our music is of a special type, so it makes special demands on the musician. We should not permit any music to be used in Mass without some consciousness of what it is supposed to be about, any more than we should tolerate homilies that teach ideas contrary to the faith. We need to use music that draws us out of ourselves and into a higher realm that unifies us. The chant tradition provides this. It is a third way, beyond liberal and conservative hymn choices.

What do you say to people who think that ”contemporary” or rock music is necessary to attract young people to Mass?

 So far as I can tell, the only people who really argue this way are old people. It’s true that plenty of young people are not interested in true liturgical music, but those same people are not interested in Catholicism either. How do we draw people to the faith? By lying about it and substituting false teaching? I don’t think so. The faith draws people when it is not ashamed of itself and when it has the ring of truth.

It is the same with liturgical music. Church music uses free rhythm that always points upwards in the same way that incense is always rising. This assists our prayer. Secular styles of music, in contrast, use rhythms that elicit temporal thoughts and emotions. Rock music points to nothing outside of itself, so it does not belong anywhere near the liturgy.

We are living in times of transition, and young people seem to know this even more than older people. I don’t think there is any doubt where that transition is headed: People are discovering the sacred music tradition. If you look around at the Catholic music world, you quickly find that this is where the interest and energy is. This is the future.

Register correspondent Trent Beattie writes from Seattle, Washington.

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GOLDEN FELLOWSHIP will meet for a luncheon on Tuesday, September 27th, at noon.  The sign up sheet will be posted in the lounge. 

SCRAPPERS will meet this September, on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th.  Bring a sack lunch and a friend.  Coffee/tea is provided.

FOOD BANK DONATION for September is canned, boxed or instant soup.

CONFIRMATION will start on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 am in the library.  And the Thursday class starts on September 8th, at 3:30 pm, in rm. D., 6th – 8th grades. 

DEO GLORIA CANTORES: The choir will start their practice sessions at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 22nd, in the gallery. 

MESSENGER:  Messenger articles are due on the 16th of each month. This September the Messenger has been sent by email to those who have email addresses listed with the office.  If you would like to receive your Messenger by email but get a paper copy, please note your email address on the Worship Registration slip and place in the offering plate at your convenience.

HOLY EUCHARIST – Communion:  Those who are baptized in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and believe are welcome to receive the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.  If you are not able to walk up to communion but would like to receive, contact the Parish Deacon before the liturgy.



Remember in prayer before God those whom He has made your

brothers and sisters through baptism.

Clara Anderson, Janice Lundbeck, Alan Morrison, Mary Goplerud, Pete Morrison, Evelyn Coy, Agnes Arkle, Teri Korsmo, Bob Baker, Peggy Wright, Bob & Barbara Schorn, Margaret Hard, Kevin James, Carmen Cubine, Robin Kauffman, Rae Terpenning, Tabitha Anderson, Dora Tudor, Mark Mosley & Family, Theresa Malmanger, Paul Jensen, Jennie Jaramillo, Chardell Paine, Craig Purfeerst, Karen Granger, Joyce Baker, Rolf Sponheim, Cameron Lim, Carole Poussier, Pastor Jamie Fecher, Don Evenson, Dick Leidholm, Dorothy Randall-Wood, Pastor John Beck, Barbara Hancock, Patrick Coy, Todd Goldader, Rita Spotanski.

     Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ may give them joy:  Clara Anderson, Agnes Arkle, C. J. Christian, Vera Gunnarson, Pat Hansen, Margaret Hard, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Vivian Wheeler.

     Pray for those who have suffered the death of a loved one:  Pray that God will bear their grief and lift their hearts:  Pray for the family and friends of Rex Robertson on his death.

     Pray for our bishops Mark Hanson and Chris Boerger, our pastor Ronald Marshall, our deacon Dean Hard and our cantor Andrew King, that they may be strengthened in faith, love and the holy office to which they have been called.

     Pray that God would give us hearts which find joy in service and in celebration of Stewardship.  Pray that God would work within you to become a good steward of your time, your talents and finances.  Pray to strengthen the Stewardship of our congregation in these same ways.

     Pray for the hungry, ignored, abused, and homeless this September.  Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and for all in Christ's church to see and help those who are in distress.

     Pray for our sister congregation:  El Camino de Emmaus in the Skagit Valley that God may bless and strengthen their ministry.  Also, pray for our parish and it's ministry.

     Pray that God will bless you through the lives of the saints:  Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist; and Saint Michael and All Angels.



A Treasury of Prayers


O most loving Father of Jesus Christ, from whom flows all love, let my heart, frozen in sin, cold to you and others, be warmed by your divine fire. Help and bless me, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


                                        [For All the Saints (ALPB, 1994-1996) 4 vols., II:1214, altered.]