Bringing the Text to Life
[NOTE: This sermon offers many ways to
creatively use music to animate the sermonic
experience. You might want to involve your choir in the singing of some stanzas of a Bach cantata, or hymn. Or, take a single Bach melody and at different intervals in the sermon, play it using a different instrument each time — for example,
harpsichord, organ, flute or bells. The service itself should feature the music of Bach, but consider bringing Bach into the third millennium by playing his music on a synthesizer and other electronic instrumentation. If your church is small and lacks the musicians to do some of this work, use CDs and have a volunteer play the selections on cue. Many high schools or local colleges have musicians who might be happy to
work with you on developing this service.]
The year is 1968.
The place: Karl Marx Platz, Leipzig, East Germany.
One day in May, thousands gather there to witness a cold, cruel sight. Walter Ulbricht, head of the Communist regime, architect of...