St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Music Ministry



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.



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. 



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.



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.



Jeff Anderson – Director of Music
Duane Dillard – Music Coordinator for the 8:30 AM Sunday Worship Service
Jeanne Hatton – Organist Emeritus
Chancel choir on your wonderful and moving performance on Palm Sunday.  Your music reached many souls of our church family!  Upward and onward we go!!!