Commissioning our Music Ministry

fullsizerenderTo commission is to entrust and confer authority upon a person or group of people to engage in a particular action or to give a specific charge.

Today we gather in this space made sacred by our presence to confer upon our growing music ministry a charge: to fill our hearts and minds and spirits with the healing, uplifting, joyful and transcendent power of music to unify and inspire[1] this (gesture to congregation) our beloved community.

Will {insert name here}, the chair of our music committee, and {insert name here}, the coordinator of our orchestra, please stand. We call upon you to promote, encourage and support the value of music in our faith community through the coordination of music to enrich our lives and deepen our worship experience.

{insert names here}, Do you accept this charge? If so, say I do.

At UUCC we are fortunate to have a fellowship of pianists to share their love of the piano on Sunday morning. {insert names here} will you please stand. We call upon you to bring your love for and joy of your instrument to sacred space on Sunday mornings. We call upon you to celebrate all that is our life, to guide our journey into all things spiritual and to deepen and enliven the human spirit.

{insert name here} do you accept this charge? If so, say we do.

{insert name here}, as the director of the orchestra, we call upon you inspire the instrumentalists among us. We call upon you to bring our hymns alive and conduct with a vision of excellence in orchestral arts. We call upon you to gather up a community of individuals dedicated to their instruments and committed to creating a spiritual symphony to arouse and deepen worship experiences for all.

{insert name here}, Do you accept this charge? If so, say I do.

{insert name here}, as the music director, we call upon you to reveal and celebrate the breadth and wealth of world’s music, which expresses and embodies the values of Unitarian Universalism.[2] We call upon you to keep a commitment to excellence in choral arts as you gather up individual voices and bring alive the holy above us, below us, around us, in us and through us.

{insert name here}, Do you accept this charge? If so, say I do.

To the musicians and vocalists among us, those in the choir, in the orchestra and those in the pews with gifts to share, please rise at this time. Your talents humble us. We graciously receive the generosity in which you share your love of music. We call upon you to love what you do and have fun in your coming together as you share the joy of music with this, (gesture to congregation) your beloved community. We call upon you to strive for excellence in shared ministry as you inspire us with desperate voices in harmony with the divine. Will all who accept this charge give me an alleluia.

While the congregation is blessed with a dazzling assortment of talented musicians who grace our services with their craft, we believe that congregational singing is the musical heart and soul of worship[3] thus we charge you the wider community to join in singing with hearts and minds wide open that together we may lift up a joyful noise in celebration of life, love and all that is holy. Will all who accept this charge give me an alleluia.

[1] “Mission Statement” Music Committee the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Montclair, NJ http://www.uumontclair.org/music/music-committee/

[2] “Our Purposes” Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network. http://www.qrd.org/qrd/www/orgs/uua/Old/archive/uu-UUMN.html

[3] First Unitarian Universalist of Nashville. https://www.thefuun.org/music/