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Music

 

I wish to see all arts, principally music, in the service of Him who gave and created them.  Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.  I would not for the world forego my humble share of music.  Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry, and smile through their troubles in song.  Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable.  I am strongly persuaded that after theology there is no art than can be placed on a level with music; for besides theology, music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart…the devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.” -Martin Luther


St. Paul members are blessed with opportunities to share their love and gifts in music while serving the congregation and offering praises to God.


The adult choir assists in worship services by chanting introits, graduals, psalms, and alleluia verses, and leads the congregation in hymn singing.  They also enjoy singing special anthems.  Emily German leads this group which practices on Wednesday evenings at 7:30.  If you enjoy singing, please consider sharing your talents with the congregation by joining choir!


The children of St. Paul have several special musical opportunities.  The Sunday School choir is learning more about singing praises to God during the Sunday School openings each week.  They share their musical gifts with the congregation by singing hymn verses and parts of the liturgy.  New children are always welcome to join Sunday School and sing with the Sunday School choir.  Ms. German, Miss Jessica Lohse, Mrs. Julie Gillen and Mrs. Debra Smith lead them.


Ms. German directs a Youth Chime Choir that practices on Thursday evenings at 6:30.  The children are learning more about reading and playing music on chimes as well as singing.  They look forward to sharing what they are learning with the congregation.  See Ms. German if your child is interested in becoming involved with the Chime Choir.


Our congregation has been blessed with a gift of three octaves of handbells and chimes.   The handbell choir plays in several services each month and in special services during the church year.  A core group of dedicated individuals has been playing for 8 years.  They do occasionally have openings for new players and often need subs to fill in when someone is on vacation.  If you have some knowledge of reading music and are interested in subbing and/or playing, please contact Judy Jones, the bell choir director.


Occasionally, during the church year we welcome our musicians to join together and participate in special music.  If you play an instrument and would be interested in participating in a small ensemble, please let Ms. German, Mrs. Jones, or Pastor know, so we can plan special music with you in mind too.