As a church musician, her willingness to volunteer her time for the lively promulgation and understanding of sacred music is deeply appreciated. Church musicians are among the most overworked and underpaid laborers on the planet, and yet she willingly plans, rehearses, and leads the pilgrims’ songs in God’s house, as she has done for over 50 years. She is one of few church musicians whom I honestly say never puts any music in the folio that is not worth singing, operates firmly within the church year (the historic one-year lectionary, in this case), and finds theological connections between the appointed propers of the day and our treasury of sacred music that would be lost on most clergy and church musicians, including yours truly.
As you watch the video of J. S. Bach’s Chorale Prelude on “Now thank we all our God” (indicative of the quality that Jane delivers every Sunday), I hope that you will join me in giving thanks for Dr. Hettrick’s countless gifts of love, just one of God’s countless gifts of grace.
Now thank we all our God / With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, In whom His world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms / Has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love / And still is ours today.