The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A passion for jazz and the word

Composer receives Seeds of Hope Award from Wheat Ridge Ministries

Andy Tecson thought he might perform his jazz compositions set to a selection of Psalms once, and that would be it. That was 30 years ago. Since then, not only has "Jazz Psalms" been heard nationwide, it was the first of several of his works that have been enjoyed by hundreds of congregations, including his latest, "Jazz Passion."

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport,
Ken Jonas (left), Andy Tecson and Bobby Lewis play at the annual Jazz Sunday worship at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa, in 2010. The three have performed "Jazz Psalms" together for 30 years.

This year Tecson, a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Naperville, Ill., was recognized for his music ministry and other faith-based activities with the Seeds of Hope Award from Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, Ill., which funds health and human care initiatives.

"We're so grateful that Andy uses his gift of music to bring joy to people, and also uses his gift to assist agencies like ours to care for the most vulnerable in our communities," said Denver Bitner, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. Tecson is an LSSI Cornerstone Society member and has provided a legacy gift to the organization.

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