The 2020 Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly, which was originally scheduled to take place May 15 and 16 at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, has been canceled due to the coronavirus crisis. Despite that, the churchwide office has prepared and sent greetings and inspiration from the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. The next paragraph is the introduction to her video message.
A thriving church is one so convinced of the resurrection that we’re free to give our lives in service to others. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares how the ELCA continues to thrive in country churches, cityscapes, and places with no walls in this message for 2020 Synod Assemblies.
Jean Sibelius was a Finnish composer, born in 1865. He was one of many political protesters of his time. Finlandia is the last of his seven pieces written and performed to protest against the Russian Empire’s increasing influence on the Finnish people. Because of censorship by the Russians, each time an orchestra performed the piece, the title was changed. One name was Happy Feeling at the Awakening of Spring. That fits now!
In 1900 Sibelius arranged the orchestral piece for solo piano. We also know it today as the hymn “Be Still, My Soul”.
I chose this piece for Mothers’s Day weekend to honor my Mother. She was my piano teacher and was especially fond of this classical piece.
Happy Mothers’ Day all! And happy spring!