In Good Faith: 'We're helping tell the whole story of Christmas through the music we sing'

loberle@islandpacket.comDecember 7, 2013 

Nina Rodman is the organist and minister of music at St. Luke's Church on Hilton Head Island.

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Name: Nina Rodman

Church: St. Luke's Church

Town: Hilton Head Island

Member for: 10 years

Activity in church: Organist and minister of music

BLENDED WORSHIP. For our 10 a.m. service, we blend traditional and contemporary music. The contemporary musicians play on the traditional hymns and the organ plays on the contemporary music. Then we have our singers at the microphone and our praise chorus behind. It's a really diverse, multigenerational group with high school students among our instrumentalists, all the way up to senior citizens in the choir.

CREATIVITY. I'm choosing all the Christmas music for the church. For "Away in a Manger" and "Silent Night," we always have guitar accompaniment. The string instruments add a richness to the carols. It's made it even more fun, and we should be even more creative.

A BIRTHDAY. Christmas has a magical feel to it. It's the birth of Jesus, and that brings about a lot of memories about our own birthdays. But our birthdays certainly weren't begun in a stable, with a manger and animals, and with angels singing glory to God. There's a miracle that's involved in our celebration of Christmas. And we're helping tell the whole story of Christmas through the music we sing.

MOST BELOVED. We begin each of the three services with "O Come All Ye Faithful" and end with "Joy to the World." Those are among the most beloved Christmas carols. It seems to be the bookend for Christmas services.

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