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Taking risks

This story was written by NLC soprano, Christina Myers, after an especially moving concert performed by the choir in Prescott, Arizona.

Part of our pre-concert devotion in Prescott, AZ tonight said this: “To have the courage to take a risk and see where it leads." That struck me tonight, all the risks that brought us here, tonight, to this place in time.


This story was written by NLC soprano, Kate Tripoli, on February 21, while on tour with the choir in Phoenix, Arizona.

This morning I did one of my least favorite things (got up before 10 a.m. on a Saturday) in order to prepare for one of my very favorite things: an NLC hymn festival. Church choir singers from Scottsdale, Prescott and points beyond will join us on Sunday afternoon at La Casa de Cristo in Scottsdale for a hymn festival titled "God of Grace." It's a great program full of well-loved hymns and anthems, and as we rehearsed with the massed choir, organ and brass, I was renewed in my conviction that this is what NLC does best. This is our sweet spot.

Finding freedom and peace

As the bus carrying members of the NLC climbed the hills north of Phoenix, a newspaper clipping made its way from aisle to aisle, and from singer to singer. We were reading about Kayla Mueller, the humanitarian aid worker who was killed after being kidnapped in Syria. 

Kayla grew up in Prescott, AZ, where we were headed to sing, where her family and community were raw and wounded from their loss.

Devotion: God Wants Us to Sing!

This devotion was given by NLC alto, Jenny Kelley, prior to our first tour concert in Mesa, Arizona.

God Wants Us to Sing! I think most singers know this. But did you know there are at least 50 exhortations to sing in the bible? Several are in Psalms, for example Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

How about Psalm 150 (paraphrased), Praise the Lord with trumpet, lute, harp, lyre, loud clashing cymbals, and I would add: piercing recorder, ethereal native flute, deep basses, colorful tenors, pure sounding sopranos, and my soul-singing sister altos. This one is my favorite, Psalm 104: I shall sing to the Lord as long as I live. In addition to these many exhorting passages, there are two instructive passages in the New Testament to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God and to each other. These are not requests, they are commands! For those who consider themselves non-singers, no matter, for God hears what no one else can: the singing in our hearts!

"Historical Trauma"

This devotion was given by NLC soprano, Sara Langworthy, prior to rehearsal on February 10, 2015. The choir has been preparing music for its Arizona Tour and upcoming concerts in Minnesota, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Many of you know that my day job involves working for the University of Minnesota to translate what science tells us about kids and families into usable information for people who work in fields of practice and policy. Recently, I’ve been working on a project creating three short videos on a concept researchers call “historical trauma.”

Our Journey Begins

Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the journey of Lent for Christians everywhere. This six-week journey of contemplation, prayer and repentance brings us to the foot of the cross on Good Friday, and the joyous celebration of Easter two days later.

But for the next six weeks, we grapple with difficult themes that force us to face realities that challenge the comfort we’ve been become accustomed to living with throughout the year.

And let me tell you, it’s no coincidence that the National Lutheran Choir begins its tour journey today.

Devotion: The Heartbeat of the Message

This devotion was shared by NLC soprano Christina Myers before rehearsal on January 20th.

The Heartbeat of the Message