Maria Monteiro is assistant professor and chair of the music department at Baptist University of the Américas, and music director at Primera Iglesia Bautista Mexicana (First Mexican Baptist Church), in San Antonio, Texas.
Articles by this author:
- Profile of a Bilingual Congregation in the Heart of San Antonio
“¡Buenos dias, hermana! ¿Cómo amaneció? ¡Good, morning, sister! ¿How are you today?” These are the words I hear every Sunday when I arrive at my congregation. We start the day with a short prayer meeting. We sing a hymn, read a psalm, and then voice the petitions and prayers for the day: healing for those who are ill, safe journeys for those who are traveling, jobs for those who are unemployed, and the needs of the community, both local and global.
- Incorporating Messianic Texts in Worship
Every fall as we approach the Advent and Christmas seasons, I find myself searching for an entry point to these annual celebrations. What will “ignite” the planning process? Which idea, word, image, or song will come to mind and become the foundation of the eventual Advent chapel service at school or Christmas Eve celebration at church?