Vibrant Music Enhances Our 10 AM Sunday Services
Preludes center us in meditation, preparing our minds to let go of everyday worries; postludes help us to depart with renewed energy. Our Chancel Choir's broad repertory gives us classics of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Mozart and also the music of contemporary composers such as Calvin Hampton, Hal Hopson, Mark Miller, John Rutter, Natalie Sleeth, Audrey Snyder, Linda Spevacek and arrangers of American spirituals.
The Chancel Choir helps to lead us in worship and deepens our spiritual experience with special liturgical music and diverse anthems. This congenial and dedicated group is open to anyone who likes to sing and can devote two hours of preparation per week--an hour before and after the 10 am service each Sunday.
Twice a year on a Sunday evening we enjoy Jazz Vespers, a non-traditional service featuring vocals and improvisation on jazz standards introduced by brief readings or poems, often quirky and humorous, related to the songs and the theme of the evening. Some of our Jazz Vespers themes have included: Joy and Woe Are Intertwined (William Blake), Celebrating Creativity, What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter), Let's Move, What Is the Question?, Reality Is the Mystery, Lost and Found, It's Getting Hot In Here, and Tell Me What To Do .
We have a special jazz vespers lined up for Sunday, November 13 with 2 guest artists--- Jamie Finegan on Trumpet and Flugelhorn and Greg Burrows, Drums and Percussion--- in addition to our home musicians, Grammy winner Paul Avgerinos, Vocals and Bass and Music Minister Martha Meyer on keyboard. Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Andre Previn, and Sammy Fain will be rich material for improvisation.
Martha Meyer is our Music Minister. She has been with our parish for almost 9 years, and she continues to deepen and expand our repertory of music. Martha especially enjoys playing our Reuter Pipe Organ. This organ, installed five years ago, gives unparalleled depth and tonal quality to our worship. We're proud to proclaim that it's the only pipe organ in Redding.
Children and teens are invited to sing with the adult choir for the Offertory anthem in the family service on the first Sunday of the month. They also join the Pick Up Choir (volunteer singers of all ages, including college students home for the holidays) for the early services on Christmas Eve and Easter morning. Children and adults who play musical instruments also offer their musical skills for our delight.