WE WORSHIP THROUGH MUSIC!
Our Music Ministry includes several established, ongoing music groups, as well as occasional ensembles for special occasions. Some of the vocal groups perform during special occasions such as during Advent and Easter. When the regular choirs are off for the summer, special groups perform during the worship service.
Summer – Special Music
While Chancel Choir is on break, special music for worship includes guests and solos and ensembles from the music department, as well as periodic appearances by the COGS Band. Guest singer/songwriter, Jack Brown, has captivated the congregation with his guitar and vocals. Women’s and Men’s ensembles sing periodically, and the congregation is treated to vocal duets and solos by our talented roster of singers. Two COGS members charm the congregation with their hammer dulcimer and flute music. Most summers, the “Second String Band,” comprised of the the Fleming and Todd families, entertain the congregation with their banjo/guitar and fiddle “old-timey” music.
During Advent, the Chancel Choir presents a cantata, accompanied by a chamber ensemble. In December 2015, the Chancel Choir was joined by a guest string quartet in performing the Durante “Magnificat” during the 11 a.m. Worship Service. This brilliant work from the Italian Baroque era set the stage for celebration and worship for the exciting week to follow.
Special music is part of the Christmas eve service. In 2015, anthems and hymns were coordinated with a unique script read by three COGS members, portraying the Christmas story. Set in our beautifully decorated sanctuary, the result was a cohesive worship service that was inspiring to all the senses.
Just as the Chancel Choir presents special music during Advent, special music is part of the Easter worship service. For example, the musical feature for Easter in 2016 was a performance of COGS member, Frances Faith Clark’s Easter Cantata. Joining the Chancel Choir was brass quartet, violin, piano, and organ. Traditionally the Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is sung by choir and congregation at the end of the service.