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Group’s gift of song enriches Spiritual Care services at OSH

Music has always played an important role in worship, enhancing a service and offering those in attendance with another means to connect.

Last year, Director of Spiritual Care Luz Barela-Borst approached our department with a dilemma—while most patients and staff enjoy the music used for church services, the “packaged” recordings are often performed at higher ranges with complicated arrangements making them difficult for the average person to sing.

Last December, the "Sacred Choir" made its debut, recording four songs that were then used for the Christmas services in Salem and Portland. The group, which is made up of 14 patients and staff, plans to continue recording familiar hymns such as "Amazing Grace" throughout 2014.

Her hope was that, working together, we could come up with a way to offer music that would be more conducive to singing. This led to the idea of creating a group of patients and staff that would record new music in-house for the Spiritual Care Department to use during its services.

Not only would this provide another outlet for those who enjoy singing, it would also meet a practical need for the hospital.

Last December, the “Sacred Choir” made its debut, recording four songs that were then used for the Christmas services in Salem and Portland. The group, which is made up of 14 patients and staff, plans to continue recording familiar hymns such as “Amazing Grace” throughout 2014.

We hope that these new recordings will enrich the services for all those who attend.