We are approaching the season of Advent when we focus on the coming of Christ. Too often we ignore the music of this season and immediately begin singing music having to do with Christmas. This coming month the choir will share with you the beautiful lessons and music of Advent. On Sunday, December 4, the…

The next time you have The United Methodist Hymnal handy, please read page vii: “Directions for Singing” by John Wesley. So often I hear people make the comment that they do not sing the hymns because their voice is not good. John Wesley has news for you! “If it is a cross to you, take…

During a recent meeting of the committee working on the Web site, we were discussing songs that might be fitting to use as background for our site. No one could name a song at the meeting so we were going to come back to that issue at a later time. Then the Friday after the…

Welcome to our new Music Director   The SPPRC Committee is pleased to announce that our new Music Director will begin officially the first Sunday in September. PRUMC welcomes Dr. Raymond Ackerman to our church and to our church staff.   Ray is a very skilled musician with numerous credentials and he offers our choir…

The History Behind the song “God Bless America”   The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe, and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans. This was the era just before TV, when…

As I was researching something to use for the June Music Notes I came across a quote by Martin Luther that I thought everyone would appreciate.   “The devil, the originator of sorrowful anxieties and restless troubles, flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God…Music is a gift…

Music Notes May 2016 For those who were unable to attend services on April 1Oth you missed a beautiful rendition of the song “Watch The Lamb” (Ray Boltz) which was given by our own Randy Clegg during the offertory. The passion and emotion that Randy put into this song was magnificent.  There wasn’t a dry…

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