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Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" (Psalm 100) . . .
When was the last time you sang? I don’t mean in the shower or in your car, but with family or friends – belting out a song for all you’re worth. Probably in church, if at all, since the reality is that we don’t have many opportunities for community singing.
"He who sings, prays twice." - St. Augustine.
St. Paul Chancel Choir is an ensemble of singers whose primary ministry is the leading of the musical portions of the liturgy.
"I will sing with the Spirit and with understanding also" I Corinthians 14:15
On a weekly basis, the choir prepares liturgical music and anthems. We greatly enjoy and uphold the Lutheran choral tradition but are also adventurous. We experiment with the ancient as well as current music, mantras, chants, and choral repertoire in diverse styles. We strive to prepare Christ-centered music from a variety of historical periods and traditions, sung in English, Latin, and other languages.
On special occasions, we have the special treat of singing with accomplished instrumentalists: flute, oboe/English horn, violin, viola, cello, string and brass ensembles.
It is a delight to hear what can be accomplished when choir members, support, assist, and encourage each other during rehearsals. Whether you are a member or a friend of St. Paul, we warmly welcome soprano, alto, tenor, and bass or “I don’t know” voices!
During the regular program year, the choir sings for the 8 am service. We also lead/participate in the Christmas Cantata, the celebrations of Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday. The Sunday morning call time is 7:30am. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Please contact Chris Winn, Director of Music or call the Church office. We would love to have you join us!
Handbells are beautiful to the ear and captivating to the eye. Adults and youth are invited to be part of the Handbell Choir. There is no age limit to participate in this very rewarding experience. Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesday Evenings at 6pm. Contact Chris Winn, Director of Music for details. To get started, the ability to read music is a plus, but not necessary as instruction is always available during rehearsals. Handbells add a spiritual musical dimension to our worship experience, and are played for preludes or as accompaniment to anthems. It is a marvelous opportunity for those interested in expressing their desire to become musically involved beyond singing
St. Paul Singing Men, meet on Monday evenings at 6pm. We are fun-loving people who love all styles of music. Our goal is to praise God and enhance worship services. We participate in regular Sunday morning services and prepare throughout the year to participate in Easter Sunrise, Good Friday, Thanksgiving and Easter services. We also bring the joy of to our local retirement communities! We would love to have your voice as part of the ensemble. We will even laugh at your jokes! Please contact Chris Winn, Musical Director if you are interested!
Our women’s ensemble is open and welcoming to new members. We love to sing. Our repertoire encompasses contemporary Christian music, traditional gospel and classical music. Four part treble harmony rocks! We meet on Monday evenings from 5-6pm in the Sanctuary. We would love to have you join our joyous musical family! We also spend time singing at our local retirement communities!
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During the Sunday morning services in the Sanctuary, a team of sound and media ministers are working behind the scenes to ensure that all the messages are communicated well to the church body: from the sermon lessons to the music, to the scripture readings for the day, to the announcements for the week. Our sound ministers run the soundboard and oversee all the necessary connections required to make the sound effective. The Media ministers run the SundayPlus computer program during services to give a visual effect to all components of the worship service. We invite you to be a part of our Multi-Media Sound Team. Contact Chris Winn, the Director of Music if you’re interested.
Psalms 30:12 – “To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee forever.”