During the COVID-19 pandemic our online services feature music on the organ and piano by our minister of music, with several of our Chancel Choirs singing some of the hymns or a musical selection. (They are socially-distanced from each other at opposite sides of the sanctuary when they sing.) Each Wednesday at 12 noon our minister of music plays a live 20-30 minute concert of music on our organ chimes that can be heard around the church grounds from speakers in our church tower. You are invited to come listen in your car or in the meditation garden maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.
Our St. John’s Music Program in “Normal Times”:
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. You are invited to share your talents!
To contact our Minister of Music, Andrew Paulson: email: [email protected]
Below: The new console for our recently (2017) renovated Schultz Memorial Organ.
St John’s offers 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 7:30 pm. The choir covers a range of music including traditional choral arrangements, spirituals, hymns, and even special music like adapted show tunes. Our United Voices combines youth and adults singing more contemporary worship music, usually singing one Sunday a month. 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, especially solo vocalists and instrumentalists who are unable to attend weekly rehearsals during the year or who want to do ‘something different’ with their talents on a summer Sunday.
If you like live music performances in a wide variety of styles, make sure to join us for concerts on selected Sunday afternoons throughout the year in our Artist Series that is a collection and gathering of gifted individuals for a variety of music of varying backgrounds. See the Artist Series page of this website for a detailed description and schedule.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know 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. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100 (NRSV)