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A Prayer for Peace

Aaron Goodyke

Today, we at Hope College had the privilege of inviting the singing/songwriting duo All Sons & Daughters to Dimnent Chapel. They opened up our weekly Chapel service by singing a rendition of "I Surrender All" and their own composition "Great are You Lord". Before that, however, they read a prayer from St. Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

I am grateful for David & Leslie, for their voices, and for their passion in writing beautiful words for the church to echo. These words struck me because lately I feel as though I have been doing the wrong things. I have been in error and not sought truth; I have doubted and pushed away faith; I feel lost in darkness and cannot find the light. 

I think that is why it means so much to me today that the sun is shining. 

I am thankful for these words, for people that encourage me, and for those that challenge me to be better. 

Soli Deo Gloria

I Take it Back!

Aaron Goodyke

Remember how I wrote that post about finishing up with the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck? WHOOPS.

Two weeks ago, Dr. Andrew Le, Professor of Piano at Hope College and one of the festival Artistic Directors, approached me with a proposition: the CMFS board requested that I join the board as their Production Coordinator for the upcoming season!

I have gladly accepted this position and look forward to working with these people who have become my friends. They have a deep love for music and work very hard to keep chamber music alive & well! 

Art for your Ears!

Aaron Goodyke

As the summer draws to a close, another wonderful experience becomes memory. Today was my last day working with an organization that I have drawn close to over the past 2 years––the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck(CMFS). This was my second and final year as an intern through the Joan Conway Young Artists program. 

Tonight's concert was exceptional, just like last week & the week fact, there is no end to the amazing talent brought in by our fantastic Artistic Directors Andrew Le and Jennifer Walvoord. Seriously. It is some of the best music found in West Michigan (I realize that is bold statement, but I wouldn't have said it if I didn't believe it).

Educating the audience, bringing in accomplished artists, and a true commitment to preserving the life and vibrance of chamber music are the pillars of this festival's mission. I recall speaking with one of the performers tonight about how special it is to play in an environment such as this, where new and familiar faces share food, fellowship, and a passion for music in a historical hall of 139 seats. A perfect venue for the melodies of Schubert, the drama of Strauss, and the rich textures of Dvorák! 

So, after two years of managing the concerts, preparing the stage, making new friends, learning from great teachers, and listening to music come alive in an intimate space, I say farewell to the backstage role of the festival. A bittersweet day. 


Whenever I am home, I know there is high-quality music not too far down the road. In fact, whenever I am away from home, I can be confident that fine art still lives on through the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. And it always will.

Maybe that means it is more than just a memory? I believe so.

Soli Deo Gloria


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