On Reformation Sunday, October 30, Christ Lutheran Church (CLC) celebrated the gift God’s grace through the gift of music. CLC’s choir prepared three movements from J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 80 that were woven throughout the service. Our soloists Ashley Cunningham (soprano) and William Tell (bass) gave a lovely rendering of the second movement duet to open the service, and for the offertory the choir sang the first chorale, fully communicating the exuberant outpouring of praise. We closed the service with the final chorale. And of course no Reformation service would be complete without a hearty dose of congregational song. We lifted our voices together to sing A Mighty Fortress, O Word of God Incarnate, That Priceless Grace, and The Church’s One Foundation.
All of this was accompanied by our 1969 Beckerath organ and some of D.C.’s finest instrumentalists. We are truely blessed to have cellist Christine Lightner in our congregation, and she coordinated a quartet including Mari Uehara and Luke Wedge (violin), and Bryce Bunner (viola), who are all members of the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra. We were also joined by Nathan Clark (trumpet) who is a member of the Air Force Ceremonial Brass, and Fatma Dagler (oboe). These musicians can be heard in chamber and orchestral concerts around town in organizations such as the Washington Bach Consort, Apollo Orchestra, and Maryland Symphony Orchestra. During communion the organ, strings, and oboe played a transcription of Georg Böhm’s setting of Vater Unser im Himmelreich.
The sharing of musical gifts continued at CLC into the afternoon with a “Renaissance to Reformation” concert by the Barclay Brass Sextet. The Barclay Brass is an ensemble comprised of some of Washington DC’s top musicians. Performers of the highest caliber, Barclay Brass members serve in military bands, perform in local orchestras, and freelance all over the country. Although they usually perform as an 11-member ensemble, our afternoon program featured a sextet from the larger group, including Nathan Clark and Drew Fremder (trumpets), Joel Wealer (horn), David Sisk and David Miller (trombones), and Willie Clark (tuba).

We look forward to sharing God’s grace musically at CLC through the newly formed Children’s Choir and concert series as well as CLC’s Choir and special celebrations. Feel free to join us for these events, all are welcomed!  For more information check our website christlutherandc.org or contact our Music Minister, Joy-Leilani Garbutt at clcdcmusic@icloud.com.

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