I would like to express some other thoughts pertaining to our Music Ministry here at Christ Our Savior.
The choice of hymns is made with the theme of the minister’s message for that day in mind; the words are the most important consideration. And familiarity with the melody is also considered so that in the singing the words of the hymn come alive with meaning, encourage worship, and open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit.
The Prelude music played is either a variation on one of the hymns in the service or is in the spirit of that service: contemplative, joyful, etc. It is intended that the few minutes of this music gives you the opportunity to be quiet and prepare yourself for your worship of our Lord.
The Postlude is usually joyful as you leave the worship experience and go into the world with God’s love to share.
The anthems and or chime music chosen is in harmony with the service’s spirit or theme as an additional support of our connection to God’s Spirit in us. I hope the music in our worship facilitates the Holy Spirit’s entry into our hearts through that music, whether in listening or your participation in the singing of liturgy and hymns. With prayers that the music blesses your faith.
Judith Bailey, Minister of Music
I would like for us to consider music, or singing in our worship experience, as God directed: Christ centered, active and not passive. There are many Biblical suggestions for singing, for instance
Ephesians 5:19: 'Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ'.
Also, the book of Psalms is a collection of songs/poetry. And there are many other suggestions for the singing of songs, and the playing of musical instruments of praise in the Bible. Did not David play the lyre and sing for King Saul? And his songs are in the book of Psalms.
Our liturgy has a Psalm suggestion for each Sunday of the church year which can be sung (chanted) by the congregation, or a Leader and the congregation. These were an integral part of the Church (Catholic) worship, al-beit sung by the Priests. It was during the Reformation that worshipers began taking an active part in the services, and songs/hymns became an integral part of the worshipers' experience.
So then, what is the purpose of singing hymns in our services?If, when we are singing hymns, we are attentive to the direction of the text, we become mindful of this means of God's ministry to us, they then release God's Divine power within and through us—Christ’s Living Church. It can be one of His mightiest means of ministry to us when we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and we sing with devotion and praise.
If you look at a hymn in our hymnal, you will notice below the hymn on the left is the TEXT author; and below that the TUNE composer; at the bottom on the right side is the TUNE NAME and the meter that it is written in. (The meter of a hymn is based on the number of syllables in a line or phrase of the hymn) You can find all of these things in the indexes at the back of the hymnal. At the very bottom of the hymn page is Biblical references for the words in that hymn.
My hope is that this is helpful to you in your worship and you are blessed.
In His Service,
THE FINEST HYMN
Reginald Heber (1783-1826), a vicar and hymn-writer in England, was the first person to compile a hymnal based around the church calendar.
He composed the beloved hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy" specifi-cally for Trinity Sunday, with lyrics based on Revelation 4:8-11.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!
The joyful song celebrates the eternal, omnipotent Triune God. Throughout the verses, Heber used units of three to symbolize the Trinity (God is "perfect in power, in love and purity"; God is worshiped by saints, cherubim and seraphim; and he’s praised "in earth and sky and sea").
Music at Christ Our Savior
The Choir meets on Thursday night from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Choir sings at one of the two Sunday Services and prepares for our many celebration services throughout the year including Christmas and Easter. New members are always most welcome!
Jubilate Chime Choir
Chimes are Ringing!! The Jubilate Chime Choir will continue to have rehearsals during the summer on Thursdays from 9:00-10:30AM. We welcome anyone to come and observe the practices and "give it a try". Playing with us is very rewarding and does not require any musical knowledge/training! If you can count to 4, know your left hand from your right hand, and tell blue markings from red markings, you can play with us! A great opportunity to make music and make new friends! Be brave! Come and play with us and have fun.
Periodically during the year our Praise Team performs on Sundays. Guitars, Bass, Flutes and other instruments come together to accompany this group. Do you play a musical instrument? Join our Team!
Gospel Concerts and nights of Gospel Sings are also held approximately quarterly. Bring your voices and praise the Lord!