Throughout Scripture, music has been explicitly and implicitly demonstrated to be a gift or blessing from God Almighty. It is through this gift that we can render praise and thanksgiving to Him, as well as give expression to his emotions—from the most profound sorrow to the most exhilarating joy. Music has proven to be a powerful, mood-altering agent intended to be used with responsibility and care. It can stir the emotions, charging the hearer with a vitality and strength.
"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord " (II Chronicles 5:13).
St. Paul’s first set of handbells were purchased in 1995. Since then, the Bell Choir has evolved into an intergenerational group which meets weekly, preparing a variety of service music on a regular basis – enhancing and uplifting the worship life of St. Paul’s. No auditions are needed – just come and enjoy! We are also looking for substitutes.
As a regular part of the worship service, the Chancel Choir provides anthems which support the worship of the congregation, as well as assisting as “teachers” of new hymns and liturgy. Yet, the group is not “all work and no play.” These people really enjoy each other! We invite you to be a part of our congregation’s musical heritage through the group. Even if you can only sing partime, or for major Services, please come, join us and lift up your voice.
St. Paul’s Kids' Choir has been in existence since 1978 and is composed of kids from grades 1-8. The choir sings twice each month from September until May and also for special services. Rehearsals are held in the downstairs auditorium from 10:30a-11:30a Sunday mornings.
Now and then the Kids’ Choir sings antiphonally with the Chancel Choir. Everyone loves those songs!
It’s interesting to note that half of this year’s choir members are second-generation – that is, children of former Kids’ Choir singers.
As an integral component of weekly Confirmation class work, students are educated in the historical Lutheran liturgy and hymnody through diverse means – as well as learning new music which tells us “who we are” as Lutherans. This group periodically participates in various worship services throughout the season.