Side Dishes for the “Hymn and Sermon” Sandwich
Blended, or creative, worship—the church musician today sooner or later meets a request from a pastor, committee member, or congregant to “liven up” the service. Where is Julia Child when we need her? How do we design a service menu that satisfies the variety of tastes at the worship table? This workshop explores ideas to enrich worship using traditional music seasoned with a pinch of spice to add depth of flavor to the experience. Bring your ideas and experiences that have led your congregation to a richer sense of spirituality through worship.
Paul and Rebecca Schnell are both graduates of Westminster Choir College. They share a music ministry together at South Congregational Church UCC in Kennebunkport, Maine, where Rebecca is the choir director and Paul is the organist. They have served together in music ministry in Methodist, American Baptist, and Congregational (UCC) churches in Maine and Ohio. Rebecca enjoys the process of planning creative worship experiences, and has worked with liturgical arts groups in the design and production of banners, bulletin covers, and art projects to enhance worship, and in the production of adult and children’s musicals, drama, and dance. She has directed and coordinated children’s choir festivals and American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR)workshops. She has been soprano soloist with the Portland Maine Choral Art Society and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Paul is a music educator in the Bonny Eagle School District in Standish, Maine. He is an active member of the Portland chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has been coordinator of conventions for the Guild and the United Church of Christ Musician Association. When time permits, during the summer months, Rebecca and Paul can be found outdoors, caring for their many gardens including a wide variety of roses, perennials, vegetables, and a G-scale train garden.