When I Wake Up

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Joseph Glarner, a third-generation member of Trinity Memorial in Warren, is no stranger to the music industry. His work has taken him all over the country, working with artists such as the Goo Goo Dolls and companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. However, his musical and spiritual journey began at Trinity Memorial. Following some twists and turns away from Trinity and his relationship with Jesus, Joseph now finds himself back home and considers himself a “witness to Jesus Christ.”

After growing up at Trinity Memorial and being influenced by their music program, Joseph’s own music career took off. He studied in California and New York, was in a band, and by age 22 had started his own recording studio. Joseph enjoyed his music, but also felt that something was missing. He calls his experience, “my prodigal son journey:” “I was interested in worldly things.”

His journey back to Christ, and eventually to Trinity Memorial, started ten years ago when he was on tour with his band. It had become a job for him, no longer a passion, and he was tired of the nights of drinking. One day, he felt compelled to pick up and start reading the Bible. As he expected, he got some teasing from his band members. However, unexpectedly, the drummer joined him in his reading and they began discussing the Bible and Jesus. This prodigal journey led him to work at a studio where the owner was a Christian: “He sparked a fire in me to use music for the Glory of God.” Joseph also attributes his return to Jesus to the support he received from his mother: “A lot of my personal growth is due to her.”

About three years ago, Joseph was looking to do something other than produce music when the part time organist position at Trinity Memorial became available. Since then he has become the music director and has helped revitalize Trinity’s music program. He, Fr. Matthew Scott, and Andrew Pollard (another member of the music team) have worked together to create music that bridges the sacred hymns of the past with more modern music. Their music is featured every Wednesday night at the 5:30 p.m. contemplative service.

Joseph’s experiences at Trinity helped him get back to a place where he could make music for the glory of God, following years of being burned out from making his own music. “I decided to write a song every week that expressed the readings,” Joseph says, explaining how the process began. “I prayed hard to receive God’s message in a way God wanted and in a way that glorified God.”

This is how he ended up with his new CD, “When I Wake Up.” It is not typical contemporary Christian music, but rather simple, thoughtful compositions with piano and flute written to glorify God. Joseph says that he is “more than honored to share that with people.”

Trinity Memorial will be hosting a CD release concert for “When I Wake Up” on July 11th. Follow Joseph at www.JosephGlarnerMusicMinistry.org and all are welcome to the concert on July 11th at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial (444 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA).

Trinity Memorial will be hosting a CD release concert for “When I Wake Up” on July 11th. Follow Joseph at www.JosephGlarnerMusicMinistry.org and all are welcome to the concert on July 11th at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial (444 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren, PA).

*7/31/15: Article has been corrected and edited from its original version.

Julien Goulet, Assistant for Communications and Administration, Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania

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