Music Enhances Our 10 AM Sunday Services
Music is a vital, integral part of our worship life, helping us to connect with our God. Our Reuter pipe organ ably supports congregational singing and showcases both classical and contemporary Preludes and Postludes. 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, and Heather Sorenson. 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 approximately 90 minutes of preparation per week--an hour before and 30 minutes after the 10 am service each Sunday.
Every Christmas Eve our Pick-Up Choir for the early family service draws many singers who don't have time for an all-year commitment.
We are fortunate to have instrumental soloists from the congregation.
Jazz & Musings: Sunday, October 20 at 7pm
The Weather in Song is the theme for a program of classic jazz standards by Harold Arlen, Johnny Burke, George Gershwin, Jimmy McHugh, and James Van Heusen, introduced by short humorous and/or serious readings. A Foggy Day, Stormy Weather, On a Clear Day, Here's That Rainy Day, Come Rain or Come Shine , On the Sunny Side of the Street will feature Leigh Henry, Vocals and Bongos; Dave Savitsky, Alto Saxophone; Martha Meyer, Keyboard; Matt Dwonszyk, Acoustic Bass; Jim Royle, Percussion.
A reception hosted by the Altar Guild follows the hour-long program. The public is invited, free admission but suggested donation $15 for adults to support the music program.
Twice a year on a Sunday evening we enjoy Jazz & Musings, a wonderful blend of lively jazz by professional musicians with thought-provoking readings, often quirky and humorous, that relate to the songs and the theme of the evening. Some of our Jazz program themes have included: Joy and Woe Are Intertwined (William Blake), Celebrating Creativity, The Eyes Have It, 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, Tell Me What To Do, and What's Your Problem? All are welcome!
Martha Meyer is our Music Minister. She has been with our parish since 2007 and especially enjoys working with the choir and playing our Reuter Pipe Organ.