Music At St. John's
If you like to sing …
David Christian, Minister
Sandi Geis, Assistant in Music Ministry
We are Easter People … and
“Alleluia!” Is Our Song —On Easter Sunday the “Alleluia”, returns to the
song of the church. During Lent, that great celebratory word was absent from our
communal prayer and praise in order to honor the memory of our Lord’s suffering
and death. But today it returns to our holy conversation with each other and
with the world. For the next 50 days of Easter, “alleluia” is part of our
greeting to each other as we gather for worship.
What we hope and pray for
beyond the walls of this building, though, is that our “alleluias” would spill
out into our daily lives – that what we sing and say in church would shape our
conversation in all the places to which the Spirit of the risen Christ sends us.
A popular quote from the ancient church father, St. Augustine is: “A Christian
should be an Alleluia from head to foot.” That is, we should reflect a living
and active life of praise that is contagious among those with whom we interact.
Tuning our Song— In
worship during these 50 days we will sing and speak together strong and
repetitive “alleluias,” we will joyfully feast at the table of our Lord and we
will extend that “feast of victory” into our community. We will celebrate and
remember our baptisms, and this year we do that with our junior confirmands on
the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, when they, in our presence, reaffirm their
baptismal covenants. That rite of confirmation sends them, and all of us, into
the world to be about our baptismal mission. On Mother’s Day, May 12, children
from our school lead the song of the church with solos learned for the annual
Fine Arts Festival. Their songs join the variety of musical expressions that we
Rehearsing our Song—
Our Easter song is not just for Sunday; it is rehearsal for our prayers and
conversation throughout the week. Leading that song falls to the people who
serve in our choirs and instrumentalist ensembles week after week. If God’s
Spirit is leading to join us in the music ministry of this parish, here are some
Senior Choir –
rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00p
Praise Singers – rehearses Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30p
Sunday School Singers – rehearses during Sunday School and sings
several times a year.
Festival Handbells – gathers and rehearses several weeks prior to
Christmas and Easter
Instrumental Groups – gathers for church festivals and other times as
Family Theater – rehearses throughout the summer with performances in
Sharing our Song—Our
“alleluia” song can be articulated in many ways. It can be spoken in our
conversations with others and it can be expressed through visual art, dance,
drama and other fine arts. One way we can share our song is through our Fine
Arts Camp for children ages 5—14, which will be held this year the week of
June 24-28, from 9:00am-12:30pm.
music have always been a part of my life and has always gone hand in hand.
God has always guided me through my music. When I was growing up, neighbors
were very religious. They wanted to start a band. Not a secular band, a
religious one. Ever door God has opened to me has always had music behind it
and this has shaped my faith.
Becoming involved in
playing drums at St. John’s has made me realize that my faith and trust in
God has grown. I know that God will take me where He wants me to be. We were
looking, we were lost and God opened St. John’s door.
I now feel a sense of
peace and God’s presence when I play. He has given me this gift and wants me
to use it for Him. He gave me the door and asked me to take the challenge:
Will you walk thru the door? God has built my confidence and He is pushing
me to stay grounded and focused on what He wants me to do and where He wants
me to be." Mike (Drums)
very first time that I visited St. John’s, I knew that I had finally found
the church that I had been searching for. I was immediately struck by the
musical abilities of the entire congregation and the way that the music was
woven throughout the service. I have been a cantor for nearly 40 years and
have never felt so welcomed by a congregation. I was so blessed to be a
latecomer involved in the “Joseph” Family Theater Production where again I
was so amazed with the talent within St. John’s.
When I joined the
Music Ministry, I was warmly welcomed by all. The effect on my life is
simply a deep feeling of peace, fellowship, and appreciation. The effect
outside of St. John’s is demonstrated by sharing my experience with family
and friends. God has blessed me with a pleasant voice and I want to assist
the Music Ministry and Church in any way that I can.
It is very profound to
me that having been musical since a very early age, it has come full circle
in my life. While you never really know what lies ahead, you always know
that everything in your life happens in “Gods time”. I have been so blessed
to have met my wife through music. This blessing continues to give, in that
I now also have her amazing family, her amazing church, and her amazing
friends in my life. Through it all, along with God, there is a musical
thread. I am sincerely grateful for all these blessings." John (Choir)
involved in choir has been great. I get to know people and create
friendships with a common bond over the love of music. Sure beats sitting in
a pew on Sundays and not getting involved. The songs we’re learning really
stick with you and I find myself walking around singing while I am tutoring.
This has opened doors for sharing my faith when they ask me what I am
singing about. It’s so easy to reach people through singing. Everyone loves
music! "~Kirsten – Music Ministry