08/10/2019 @ 9:00 am – 3:15 pm
Christ Lutheran Church
1245 Hamilton St
Regular $45; Student $20
Michael Krentz

Doing Common Things Uncommonly Well: Assembly Song

This workshop for parish musicians, pastors, and others interested in worship will explore how we can lead, enliven, and enhance the very common thing of singing together in worship. Workshops will include leading from the keyboard (organ or piano), singing without paper, using percussion with assembly song, and the choir and assembly song.

Christ Lutheran Church has a large parking lot directly across Hamilton Street.

This event is co-sponsored by the worship team of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod (ELCA).


9:00 am       Registration
9:15 am       Worship
10:15 am     Plenary Session, Workshop, Lunch, Workshops
3:15 pm       Final Words, Song, and Sending


Plenary Session: Goldilocks and the Three Churches . . . Is There a Church with Worship that’s “Just Right?”
Workshop: Leading Assembly Song from the Keyboard
Workshop: What? Sing without a Hymnal?
Workshop: Percussion Techniques and Applications for Assembly Song
Workshop: The Choir and Assembly Song


The Rev. Janice Butz has been the Minister of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nazareth, PA for the past twenty years and serves as organist and director of choirs for all ages. She currently is a board member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a member of ALCM, Choristers Guild, the Hymn Society of America, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.  She is an ordained clergy member in the United Methodist Church.

Beth McElroy is a Stroudsburg native with a degree in Percussion Performance from Ithaca College. She is currently serving as Director of Music at Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church in Bath.

Michael Krentz is Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown, PA, and Secretary/Treasurer of ALCM.

Deacon Linda Maule is serving Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, as director of music, as eucharistic minister, and as convener of God’s Work.Our Hands Advocacy Team. She holds a BS in Music Education and an MA in Organ Performance. Linda is a board member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter, American Guild of Organists, and is a member of ALCM since 1988.

The Rev. Martha S. Sipe is the pastor at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Whitehall, PA. She has degrees in church music from Lebanon Valley College and Westminster Choir College, and an MDiv from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Martha lives in Fountain Hill with her spouse, Tricia, and she makes music extra-ecclesiastically as a singer with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and a drummer with the Lehigh Valley Drum Circle.