The heart of our church life is the worship of God in Christ. Our traditional yet informal services follow the liturgical seasons and the scripture images of lectionary texts. These services of prayer and praise, Word and Sacrament, inspire us to serve more faithfully through the week. Valuing fine music and sound preaching, we delight to come together as a community of faith where God’s children of all ages express both joys and concerns.
Our music program is ably led by Kirk Averitt, our Choir Director. Through music, we aim to enhance the message of the worship service, illustrate a reading or sermon topic, or provide a musical interlude to encourage contemplation. The choir provides two pieces at most services and is flexible regarding musical style, believing the appropriateness of the message or mood of the piece to be of utmost importance. In addition to preludes, offertories and postludes on the organ, guest musicians are sometimes added, providing jazz at Mardi Gras or brass instruments at Easter. The church owns a set of handbells though we currently lack ringers with sufficient experience to lead a bell choir.
The choir meets at 9:00 am and sings at the 10:30 service – singers of all abilities are welcome. Our choir meets for practice each week for a 75-minute rehearsal before Sunday morning worship, and the repertoire varies from traditional to contemporary and multi-cultural offerings. The choir welcomes new members gladly, and the congregation highly values music as a key attribute of our worship experiences.
Worship and Arts
One of the ways we invite spirituality is through aesthetics. Three to four times a year artists display their work on the gallery wall leading to the sanctuary, with special artist receptions when new displays begin. Another key feature of our arts in worship is a Good Friday Vigil utilizing image and art as the Passion Story is told in different ways in different years.