Music

casual choirChancel Choir

The Chancel Choir provides worship leadership and is open to all adults. Our repertoire includes major musical time periods, spirituals, hymns, and newly composed anthems. The choir sings during the traditional service most Sundays, periodically presents major works, and sometimes performs with instrumentalists. If you are interested in offering your musical talent, please email Don Brickman or talk with him after worship. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm, September through May.

Handbell Choir

Bell Choir Handbells have enhanced the traditional service for over 50 years. The handbell choir is a fun group of people who enjoy praising God through music. The bells ring in church about once a month, often for special days. We are always open to new people – those who have rung before and those who have never picked up a bell! If you would like to give it a try, please email our director, Shanti Blatnik or just show up at rehearsal. Rehearsals are on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm, October through May.

Pipe Organ

organ_pipes croppedOur beautiful Wicks pipe organ was originally installed in 1979. The electronic control system, including over 1200 pipe connections, is the same system that is used in the Cleveland Severance Hall organ. The sound from 34 ranks, with 60 to 80 pipes per rank, produces an outstanding musical experience.

Philosophy for Church Music

Music for worship is based not only on its musical merit, but also because it communicates a particular element in the dialogue of worship between God and humankind (praise, thanksgiving, confession, proclamation, testimony, commitment). Music in the church should be our best offering. The psalmist indicates that we should play skillfully before the LORD (Psalm 33:3). Worship leaders are encouraged to give their best offering not only because God is deserving of our best, but also because a lesser gift can distract from the focus on and worship of God.

Worship music should be a sacrificial offering. Giving our best in worship requires as much (or more) emphasis on the preparation as in the presentation. One tries to encourage the kind of presentation that costs us something (2 Samuel 24:24).