Music Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church
“Our Lord is the Lord who serves. Jesus Christ came into the flesh not to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. . . . The Lord’s service calls forth our service – in sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to Him and in loving service to one another. Having been called, gathered, enlightened, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, we receive His gifts with thankfulness and praise. With psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, we joyfully confess all that God has done for us, declaring the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. Our song joins with the song of every saint from every age, the new song of Christ’s holy people, declaring: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’ Revelation 5:12” Lutheran Service Book, 2006
Faith Lutheran’s Music Ministry encourages and strengthens our congregation to praise God and to edify each other through song. During our worship services, knowing that He is the “audience”, we present all of our songs to Him. We do this through instrumental and vocal music provided by soloists, small groups, choirs and the congregation.
Various soloists lend their music talents playing their instruments – such as piano, organ, guitar, flute, trumpet – to accompany the choir’s songs and the congregation’s hymns. They also play special music prior to our worship services, during Collection of Offering, and during Communion Distribution. From time to time, several of these instrumentalists join together as an Instrumental Ensemble (guitars, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, French horns, percussion and whatever else you might play!) to accompany the congregation’s singing of hymns and provide pre-service music for special services ~ Reformation Celebration, Christmas Eve, Easter. Rehearsals are scheduled at the convenience of the ensemble members for two or three weeks prior to the service we are playing for.
The Adult Chime Choir provides instrumental music for the Sunday morning worship services once a month. We also play for occasional special events or programs, such as Advent by Candlelight. Rehearsals are typically on Wednesdays evenings. Adults or high school or college students with some previous experience ringing chimes or handbells and are able to read music notation are invited to join this choir.
The Children’s Chime Choir plays for Sunday morning worship services typically once a quarter and for special events, such as the Sunday School Christmas program and some of the Faith School programs. This choir is for third and fourth grade students. The rehearsals focus on learning the basics of music – both reading musical notation and playing the chimes – and on learning the music we will play for the worship services and programs.
The Adult Vocal Choir participates in the Sunday morning worship services, typically two Sundays each month, and in special services such as Christmas Eve and Good Friday. Rehearsals are on Thursdays. The choir is open to all adults and high school and college students who desire to praise God through vocal music in a structured setting (we usually sing SATB and SAB arrangements) and who have the ability to read music and sing on pitch.
Perhaps your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate with our choir; or you are in a choir or ensemble, and you have songs you’d like to share as a Vocal Soloist or Small Group. We encourage you to share your musical talents with the congregation in the praise of God.
It was Martin Luther who famously said, “Whoever sings once prays twice.” (This saying has also been attributed to St. Augustine, the 5th century bishop from North Africa.) Luther’s Reformation movement gained the reputation of “a singing church.” That was in contrast to typical worship in medieval Christianity, where “the experts” did the singing and “ordinary people” mostly listened. Within Faith and every other Christian church, the Congregation is the largest group making music to the LORD. It also makes the majority of the music sung during our worship services. So it is the most important of all the musical groups. We all are members of this group – the only membership requirement for this group is to have a desire to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”. Psalm 100:1
So whatever your musical skill, there is a place for you in the Music Ministry here at Faith Lutheran Church! If you have any questions about joining one of the choirs or ensembles or sharing your gifts as a soloist, please contact our Music Director, Arnold Ramming. Together, may we all “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Ephesians 5:18-20
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