August 2021 – Worship, scripture, and song melded together during the return of Drew Theological School’s Summer Music Institute—We Will Rejoice: A Worship Gathering to Welcome an End to a Pandemic Year.
Celebrating its 15th year, the virtual workshop was led by Tanya Linn Bennett, associate dean for vocation and formation, and Mark Miller, professor of church music. Tangy Major and Lydia Muñoz T’21 joined as musical guests.
“We’re so glad to be with you, it’s been a year since we missed Summer Music Institute and now we’re back—we will rejoice!” said Bennett before reciting her poem “A Litany for Restoration and Reminding,” inspired in part by Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb.”
“Know that even with the distance that connects us, you are very close to us,” said Miller, who performed his original hymn “God is Able,” written as a prayer based on the sermon by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The group performed other original works by Miller, including “Home by Another Road” and “Child of God,” as well as gospel favorites, such as “This Little Light of Mine” and “Precious Lord.”
Summer Music Institute is anticipating a return to in-person workshops and worship at the summer 2022 event.
Here’s a closer look!