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Chancel Choir Director
Central Lutheran Church
Central Lutheran Church :: Leadership
Paul Brueggemeier taught instrumental and choral music in the SpokanePublic Schools for over 35 years.
In that capacity he received Staffer of the Year in 1978, Music Teacher of the Year for Eastern Washington in 1987, Washington State Excellence in Education Award in 1990, was inducted into the Music Educator's Hall of Fame in 2000 and was recognized as the Eastern Washington University Alumnus of the year in 2006. He has directed church choirs all of his adult life, the last 20+ years of which have been at Central. Along with his duties at Central he currently directs a community choir, teaches MIT music classes at Whitworth University and substitute teaches in the music department at Ferris High School as needed. He regularly is invited to conduct honor choirs and adjudicate music festivals throughout the Northwest. He and his wife Sue have three adult children and 8 grandchildren.
Central Lutheran - Staff
Paul Brueggemeier - Chancel Choir Director
Idaho-Washington Concert Chorale - Music Director and Principal Conductor - John Weiss
Idaho-Washington Concert Chorale - Music Director and Principal Conductor - John Weiss Paul Brueggemeier Guest Conductor Paul Brueggemeier was a public school music teacher for thirty-three years in the Spokane Public School system. He taught instrumental music at Sacajawea Junior High School from 1970 to 1981 where he developed a large comprehensive band program known for its musical excellence throughout the Northwestern United States. From 1981 to June of 2003, he directed the choral music program at Joel E. Ferris High School. Paul was selected as the Spokane Public Schools Employee of the Year in 1978. He was honored as the Music Educator of the Year for Eastern Washington State in 1989. He received the Washington State Christa McAulliff Excellence in Education Award in 1998. He was inducted into the Washington Music Educators "Hall of Fame" in 2000. He is a highly sought-after adjudicator for choral festivals and solo and ensemble festivals in the northwestern United States and continues to be invited as guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs and bands throughout the United States. Paul has conducted church choirs all his adult life both as a volunteer and a paid professional. He was organizer of the Lutheran Heritage Concert Choir and conducted it when the choir toured Germany in 1999. He is currently Chancel Choir Director at Central Lutheran Church in Spokane. Paul and his wife, Sue have been married for 37 years and have three adult children, two of whom now teach music at Ferris High School.
Light on the Liturgy #9 – 3rd Su
Paul Brueggemeier, Chancel Choir Director
As we once again pause for our Light on the Liturgy, I invite you to reflect with me on the song we sing just before we partake of communion. This prayer is based on the words of John the Baptist as he declared: "Behold, the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world." For just as John saw Christ coming to him in the dessert, we see Christ coming to us in the breaking of the bread and the pouring of the wine. He is here present with us as we partake of this bread and wine, which is his body and blood.
Paul Brueggemeier, Chancel Choir Director We are pausing now for Light on the Liturgy to look at the Nunc dimittis, which is also called the Song of Simeon.It comes to us from the second chapter of Luke (Luke 2:29 - 32).It is named after the first words Simeon spoke as he saw the baby Jesus.Simeon was a devout Jew who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah.When Mary and Joseph brought the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremony of consecration of the firstborn son, Simeon was there.Just imagine Simeon's excitement as he took the baby Jesus in his arms.Do you imagine that his heart was pounding, palms sweaty, and that he may have been a bit short of breath?How could he not have been?For here in his arms was the answer to the prayers of millions of his Jewish ancestors through all of history.Here he is: the Messiah, the one we know as the Savior of the World… a light to lighten the Gentiles.What about us?We have just met the Messiah, our Savior, through his body and blood.Our sins are forgiven.
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