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Worship and Music

Get Acquainted with the Staff - Gail Thurnau
I am kicking off the “Get Acquainted with the Staff” notes for Ascension’s newsletter.  When I was in the sixth grade I decided that I wanted to be a church musician.  I was very much influenced by the young deaconess at our church who had just graduated from Valparaiso University with a church music degree.  She directed the children’s choir that I sang in and accompanied and was a very gifted organist.  Thanks to her inspiration and influence I have been able to follow my dreams and have been a church organist since I was in the ninth grade.  I started piano lessons when I was 5, organ lessons when I was 13, and studied church music as a student at Saint Olaf College.

You perhaps wonder how my week goes.  Monday mornings I start with studying the scripture readings for the following Sunday, or for the weeks and church season ahead.    I check to see what hymns the Worship and Music committee has selected for Sunday and then I select the hymns for the worship at Christ Episcopal Church where I also play the organ.  Then I choose the organ or piano selections appropriate for the Sunday theme and lectionary readings and prepare the information for the bulletins for each church.  During the week, I practice and do the organ registrations at each of the churches.

I am grateful that Christ Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran have been able to arrange their worship times on a trial basis so I can continue to play at both churches.  As an active and long-time member of the American Guild of Organists, I say “Soli Deo Gloria!”  To God Alone is the Glory!                          — Gail Thurnau

The Worship and Music committee invites any member that would like to share their musical talents during a worship service to please contact a member of the Worship and Music committee: *David Jensen. Michelle Cardona, Marilyn Danielsen, Gayle Olson, Thank you for helping to enrich our worship service.


This is One A Capella Hymn you HAVE to listen to - You'll be Stunned
It took this young man multiple takes to put this all together, but you'll be so glad he did! Listen to his one man band performance of 'I Need Thee O I Need Thee'. What he can do is simply stunning.

Click on the link below to go to Facebook to listen to his one man performance.

One A Capella Hymn


Hello God, I called tonight 

To talk a little while

I need a friend who'll listen 

To my anxiety and trial.

You see, I can't quite make it 

Through a day just on my own... 

I need your love to guide me, 

So I'll never feel alone.

I want to ask you please to keep, 

My family safe and sound 

Come and fill their lives with confidence 

For whatever fate they're bound.

Give me faith, dear God, to face 

Each hour throughout the day, 

And not to worry over things

I can't change in any way. 

I thank you God, for being home 

And listening to my call,

For giving me such good advice 

When I stumble and fall.. !!!!!!!

Your number, God, is the only one 

That answers every time. 

I never get a busy signal,

Never had to pay a dime. 

So thank you, God, for listening

To my troubles and my sorrow. 

Good night, God, I love You, too, 

And I'll call again tomorrow! 

PS. Please bless all my friends and family too. 

Updated 12/10/18