Here at Grace Lutheran Church we love music! With music comes the ability to worship through song, instrument, voice, and praise. No matter if music is one of your God-given talents or you just love it, you can find a home in one of our many opportunities regardless of your age.
In the 100th Chapter of the Book of Psalms, the bible instructs us:
Our Music Ministry
Our group (high school through adult) meets each Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM and sings at the 8:30 AM service each Sunday. These dedicated singers present traditional hymns and classical choral music from the 15th-21st centuries. In addition, a number of spirituals and multicultural music are included in the repertoire. During Christmas and Lent, the group presents special services of extended choral works including; The Messiah, Faure and Rutter Requiems, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G and a traditional Lessons and Carols service with chamber orchestra.
Childrens’ Music Ministry
Age 3 through Grade 2:
As part of their Sunday school hour, children sing simple Bible and praise songs, and play rhythm instruments every week. We sing for our congregation about four times a year. Also, young children are invited every Sunday to play rhythm instruments with the Spirits on Fire worship team at the close of the contemporary service. We hope you’ll join us!
Grade 3 through High School:
The youth are invited occasionally to sing traditional choir anthems and spirituals with the Chancel Choir at the traditional service. Online links will be made available to learn the song, and then children would be asked to attend at least one choir rehearsal. Older children may also express interest in offering a vocal or piano solo during either worship service. High school youth are invited to be regular members of the Chancel Choir, Spirits on Fire, and the Joyringers (handbell choir). For more information, please contact Lisa Watson (Director of Traditional Music), Nancy Richardson (Director of Contemporary Music), or Laurie Sweigart (Joyringers Director).
Handbell and Choir Chime ringers play a variety of music styles from Classical to Contemporary to the Glory of God! With every note we play we pray that it will touch the hearts of all those who worship with us.
The group rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. and usually plays at our 8:30 a.m. service once a month, as well as Festival Services such as Christmas Eve and Easter. They also join forces with other groups for special concerts.
All are welcome to come and explore the ringing of these shiny brass bells. Laurie Sweigart, the director is more than willing to teach you how to ring. If you don’t read music, the scores are marked – you just need to know your left hand from your right and have “patient persistence” to learn to play. There’s always lots of support from the group to help you along the way.
If you can read music and don’t want to make a weekly commitment, substitute are occasionally needed when the “regulars” are sick or on vacation. Please contact Laurie to learn more.
Spirits On Fire
Spirits on Fire is the Praise and Worship band that provides inspiring music in the contemporary style at the 11:00 am service at Grace. The group’s desire is to draw the focus of the congregation to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and by the power of the Holy Spirit allow people to worship fully and freely.
The band’s repertoire includes current contemporary praise and worship music by well-known artists such as Chris Tomlin and Paul Baloche as well as spirited hymns, Gospel, country, and secular songs with a spiritual message.
Each week we hope to inspire the congregation and send people on their way with a song in their hearts and the secure knowledge that God is still on the throne and longs to be in a relationship with them.
We welcome newcomers who would like to share their talent in ministry at Grace.
Grace is greatly indebted to Betty Burton for her contributions towards the musical instruments. In addition to the harpsichord, Betty’s generosity allowed us to purchase a Zimmer pipe organ. This magnificent instrument and the sanctuary were designed together in order to achieve an optimal blend of acoustical, visual and musical beauty. A brochure detailing each of these instruments is available on the Welcome Cart.