Your FUUSN musicians are off to a great start to our new year together. We have immersed ourselves in different expressions of beauty and meaning, and we have helped to lead several worship services for our community. It feels good to be back. Coming up: • This Sunday (October 6), our liturgical dance troupe, CreationDance, will be interpreting a setting of the beloved Psalm 23, while the choir will sing a newish piece by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel: Sing for the promise of each new morning. Sing for the hope in a new day dawning. All around is beauty bright! Wake in the morning and sing, my child, sing, my child. Look for Jacki Rohan on the cajón!
• On October 13, when many in our community will be at the annual Ferry Beach weekend (register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScllFQcWQaVO3Yitj6luJeG94LYKfZmJjMCcN0Js1zHMiSs0A/viewform?usp=sf_link), we will be welcoming Harvard Divinity School student Jade Rei Sylvan to our pulpit. Our wonderful soprano soloist, Deborah Selig, will sing, and our small but merry band of congregants will sing some wonderful hymns together.
• October 20 brings the return of our minister and a message about calling and shared ministry. The choir will sing Vienna Teng’s beautiful song, “Soon, love, soon.” And an ensemble of treble voices will sing the popular MaMuse song “We Shall Be Known” – We shall be known by the company we keep, by the ones who circle round to tend these fires.
• The end of the month brings us the annual Wheel of Life service, in its poignancy and joy. The FUUSN Band, led by George Batchelor, will anchor the musical offerings, but look for some other guest artists who will contribute as well.
Looking not that far ahead: the Sanctuary Choir is preparing several songs for the fall Music Sunday on November 10. We will be singing music about exile, coming home, what’s over that rainbow, and what our dream for the world is. In addition to the choir, the service will include our fabulous Flute Choir, fun Family Choir, frenetically-joyous FUUSN Band and very cool CreationDance. You are invited to join any or all of these groups – we welcome your participation, in ways small and big, in the Music Sunday service. And as always, the offering at the fall Music Sunday is in aid of a refugee aid organization; this year, the recipient is the Newton-Brookline Asylum Resettlement Committee (NBARC). -Anne Watson Born