Blessings of a Gifted Teacher

posted Feb 14, 2013, 7:46 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Feb 14, 2013, 7:46 AM by in apropos ]
This week I want to write about a teacher who had a huge influence on me, my career, and my commitment to the joy of music in worship – Linda Clark.  Linda is really the reason I came to Boston from the UK.  I had decided to do a Master’s degree in Church Music, and chose three schools in the US to interview at since I was marrying my American sweetheart.  I met with Linda in my interview at Boston University, and sat transfixed as she told me of the research she was doing with a number of different congregations on how they expressed their faith through music, and knew that I wanted to work with her.  

I was reminded powerfully of this moment  in Grace Discussion Group on Sunday morning, as Linda talked with such wisdom and authority about the “mediality” of music and liturgy – how liturgical music affects us in many different ways, helping us think about past, present and future, about the central qualities of our faith, being tenacious in the face of adversity, being inspired by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, feeling the joy of believing, and the joy of praising God.  As we sing, we both communicate, and experience, those qualities.  

Grace Church has been so blessed to have Linda.  One of the strange but interesting things about people who work in churches is that we often don’t know about their stellar achievements, say, in preaching, or music, or education.  Just as teachers must teach to the learning level of their students, even if they wrote the text book on the subject, the ministry of the church must be performed at the level that the congregation needs.   I was blessed to be taught at Boston University by several professors who were exceptional scholars, and worked on Sundays in churches around the diocese in the way that they were needed, because they knew that part of being a good teacher of ministry is to be a minister oneself.  Linda is a perfect example of this.  She is able to work with our wonderful choir and soloists, and our smallest children, at exactly the level that each needs.  She embodies all that is good and true in our church’s music - Thank you, Linda, for all you have taught us.


"Jesus then went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee. He taught them on the sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching because he spoke with authority. "

Fiona


Ash Wednesday,  February 13th,  7:30 PM

There is no childcare for this service,
but please feel free to use the Nursery,
which contains comfortable chairs, toys, and changing facilities.

Sunday February 17th Lent I


9:15 AM, Child Care for infants and toddlers upstairs in the Nursery
10:15 AM,  All Children please gather in the front lobby by the stair for an all age program       
11:00 AM, All children into church



Sunday February 24th Lent II

Good Bye Linda!  We Love You!
Christian Education at Grace Episcopal Church


ONE ROOM CHURCH SCHOOL

9:15 AM, Child Care for infants and toddlers upstairs in the Nursery
10:15 AM,  All Children please gather in the front lobby by the stairs for an all age program       
11:00 AM, All children into church
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