We are so excited to be at Valparaiso University this summer! It has been 17 years since our last stay, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have a beautiful space for worship and to welcome new and old faces into the LSM community. LSM students, faculty, summer and national staff gathered in the Gloria Christi Chapel for our first Morning Prayer and Announcements. As has become a tradition in the last decade, Luther's Morning Prayer (click here to listen!) by our very own Carl Schalk, was sung by students in 4-part harmony. Within the first measures of this beautiful arrangement, there is already a coming together of individual voices into one and a growing excitement through each verse.
Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Sounds of Summer Institute are grounded in three core values: Lutheran faith, musical excellence, and nurturing community. Morning Prayer and Announcements is a time when all three of these values shine. Rev. Michael D. Costello leads us in prayer, hymn, and the singing of Luther's Morning Prayer. Cheryl Lemmons (pictured left) also speaks to students with a practice tip of the day, inspring focus and discipline in each student to excel in their own musicianship. She advises students to plan their practice time, be mindful in that space, and let prayer be a part of their progress.
The worship theme for this year is "God Is Our Refuge & Strength." As we are in the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this spiritual thread will be sewn into all that is sung and played during the next 4 weeks. Dr. Paul D. Weber will be leading the Chapel Choir in the singing of BWV: 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott during our annual Bach Cantata Worship Service (Sunday, July 16, 2017), Rev. Costello has included Psalm 46 as a part of our Evening Prayer, both as a sung hymn and chanted psalm. Our greatest hope is that students tranform musically and spiritually in this immersed experience.