Music at St John’s UCC takes a variety of forms; it has been and remains a vital part of our worship life. Our 10:15 am worship services provide a wide variety of sacred music from classical to traditional to contemporary, including a prelude and postlude on the organ or piano, an Introit by the Chancel Choir, three hymns from The New Century Hymnal or ‘classic’ traditional hymns printed in the bulletin, a number of musical responses, and selections by one or more of our many vocal or instrumental choirs.
Above: Announcement during worship of a surprise celebration of David Furniss’ 30th anniversary as our St. John’s Minister of Music – January 28, 2018
Our Schultz Memorial Organ was recently renovated – come hear the beautiful music! Link to article about our organ in the October, 2017 The Diapason magazine
One of many steps in the renovation of the Schultz Memorial Organ was the construction of a new console. The Reuter Organ Company produced this new console, as shown above – now playing during our worship services. The former console is pictured below played by our Minister of Music, David Furniss.
Besides worship, St John’s offer a variety of other musical opportunities and musical experiences.
For singers, The Chancel Choir sings for worship three to four times a month and practices every Thursday at 7 pm. The choir covers a range of music including traditional choral arrangements, spirituals, hymns, and even special music like adapted show tunes. For those singers who cannot make that commitment, there are opportunities for ‘friends’ of the choir to join them for seasonal or specific performances. There are also many opportunities for soloists or small groups to sing during worship, especially in the summer months.
There are many worship opportunities for instrumentalists to play in ensembles or as soloists. We’ve featured brass groups, guitar and marimba solos, piano and organ solos, and we have regular performances by our St. John’s Brass, Wind Ensemble and our Dixieland Jazz band, and we’re always open to new musical experiences. Our music ministers are eager not only to share their musical gifts but also to encourage others to develop and share their musical gifts with the congregation. Again, we feature an especially diversified musical program during the summer months when our choirs are on vacation.
If you like live music performances in a wide variety of styles, make sure to join us for monthly concerts on selected Sunday afternoons throughout the year in our Artist Series that is collection and gathering of gifted individuals for variety of backgrounds, now in our 30th season 2017-2018. See the Artist Series page for a detailed schedule.
Psalm 100 (NRSV): 1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. 5For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.