Adam Brink has been an important part of Sunday mornings at University Lutheran ever since he was an undergrad at FSU, over 10 years ago now!
University Lutheran: Adam, how long have you been at University Lutheran (as a musician) and how did that come about?
Adam: I have been the organist/pianist for University Lutheran since the 2003 Fall semester. I was in my second year as a resident in the downstairs apartment. After ULC’s organist moved away over the summer, I told Pastor Tom that I had been the organist for my home congregation–Trinity Lutheran in Kissimmee, Florida–and could take over. Pastor Tom thankfully agreed to let me fill in and I’ve been here ever since.
University Lutheran: What do you enjoy about your work here?
Adam: First and foremost, I love getting to see the young people in the congregation grow in faith. Second, since I have a full-time job in a different field, it is very nice to have the opportunity to play music on a weekly basis and to help people find the right place emotionally and mentally to engage in meaningful worship. Finally, I truly enjoy working with an exceptionally talented pastor.
University Lutheran: What is a favorite Bible verse and why?
Adam: I’m going to cheat and give you two of my favorites. Psalm 150, 1-6 speaks to emphatically praising God through music and dance. I love nothing more than to find that place where the music we sing and play during worship spills out and cascades through the congregation and hopefully beyond the walls of the church building.
In Ephesians 5, verse 19, Paul tells the church to address one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with the heart. The wisdom in this directive is readily apparent–not only from a literal standpoint, but also from the standpoint that communicating with one another using inherent qualities of music, such as purity, honesty, thoughtfulness, and emotion, is a way of fellowship as part of the Body of Christ.