St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Music Ministry

 
 

 

 

NOTES from the LOFT 

 

Our Chancel Choir season has gotten off to a great start!  We so enjoyed bringing Ken Medema’s message in Come Build a Church this past Sunday.  With the message of that anthem, we are told that WE are the church, not a building of wood or stone, but the flesh and bone of its people.  It is the main reason we have a choir.  I always ask a new choir---“What is the job of the choir?”  To which I usually hear, “to sing an anthem.”  And I always tell them NO.  Our job is ministry; to bring God’s message to the people.  Each week we strive to bring the message of God’s grace and love to the congregation.

So, it is with hard work and great fun that we spend 90 minutes on Tuesday nights learning notes, dynamics, and all the nuances that are needed to bring that message to you.  The Chancel Choir is a family.  And as with all families, they change, they may lose members and they always grow.  Right now, we are looking to grow as we adapt to moves of members and changes in lives.  We are especially searching for Bass/Baritones.  We know there are wonderful voices out there in the pews. Yes, we hear you!  St Paul’s is blessed to have a singing congregation.  Many churches are not so fortunate, but we show our love of worship in our songs.  If you are one of those who truly enjoy when the hymns and service music is sung, perhaps you might like to share your gifts by joining our family in the choir loft.  Yes, there is plenty more room up there! 

In just a few short weeks, we will begin preparing for Christmas.  It will be here before we know it.  And it might be the best time for you to “try us out!” Please give prayerful consideration to joining our family. Come speak with me or email me.  Or talk with one of the choir members about our rehearsals.  Perhaps just come and give us a try for a few weeks to see if choir fits into your St Paul’s life.  We would love to have you and I guarantee you will be blessed.

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF A LETTER SIZE 4 DRAWER FILING CABINET FOR THE CHOIR ROOM!  PLEASE CONTACT SHELLEY IF YOU HAVE ONE YOU NO LONGER NEED.

WE ARE ALSO SEARCHING FOR A FULL SIZE (88 KEY) KEYBOARD FOR USE IN THE CHOIR ROOM.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE, IF YOU CAN HELP!!

 

Blessings, Shelley 

 
 

St. Paul's Music Ministry

The Music Ministry at St. Paul’s embraces the timeless observations below by two of the most talented and devout church musicians in history:

“Music is an outstanding gift of God. Next to the Word of God, music is the greatest treasure in the world.” -- Martin Luther

“Soli Deo Gloria” (To God alone the glory) -- Johann Sebastian Bach

Currently we offer the following opportunities for members and prospective members to provide this outstanding gift of God and to give all the glory to God. We also host a wide variety of outside groups to share their musical gifts from God and to give all the glory to God during worship or in concerts.

 

CHANCEL CHOIR

This choir sings every Sunday at the 11:00 AM worship service except during the summer months. They also sing at special services including Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and/or Maundy Thursday. They sing a variety of styles of music from contemporary, spirituals, jazz, classics and modern sacred.  Rehearsals are held every Tuesday night, September through May, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary. 

 

ST PAUL’S RINGERS

This choir rings at both worship services on the fourth Sunday of the month as well as at special services. They also accompany the Chancel Choir and/or congregation on hymns. Occasionally, a smaller group of ringers ring during the summer months. They ring three octaves of Schulmerich bells and three octaves of Malmark chimes at levels 2 to 3+.  This choir rehearses on Wednesday nights, September through May, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Music Room.  They also attend the Handbell Musicians of America annual Handbell Festival in Ocean City Maryland every March.  This festival is an awesome opportunity to learn share and enjoy fellowship with church handbell choirs from up and down the Eastern seaboard.

 

RECENT OUTSIDE GUEST GROUPS

Some of the groups that have offered their gifts include:

Crossflame, a youth choir/orchestra from North Carolina: The Men of Simpson Choir from Simpson UMC in Wilmington; the Tyler Tejada choir from the MOT area; Bells of the Bay, a community handbell choir from Maryland’s Eastern Shore; The Matsiko World Orphan Children’s Choir, an international group whose members share their love and hope with song and dance; The Chorus from Rising Sun High School in Cecil County MD; His Handmaids, a liturgical movement/dance group from Virginia.

 

THE MUSIC MINISTRY TEAM

G. Shelley Reel, CCM – Director of Music
Jeff Anderson – Organist
Duane Dillard – Music Coordinator for the 8:30 AM Sunday Worship Service
Jeanne Hatton – Organist Emeritus
 

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS/MORE INFORMATION/SUGGESTIONS?

G. Shelley Reel, CCM