Music and Art aid us in our expression of our faith; we can use it to further express ourselves in conversation with God, as prayer, praise, lament, or thanksgiving.
The congregation of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church enjoys music and art in a variety of ways as is reflected in our worships. We celebrate God’s gift of music and dance and use them to give our thanks and praise to God. As a Lutheran congregation, our worships are liturgical, that is, following an historical order within the worship-flow and with an emphasis on congregational participation. The role of the choirs or bands is to help the congregation participate in the music and worship. Additionally music groups or soloists may also offer inspiring musical offerings in worship.
We currently offer two main musical styles within our worship settings.
Summer worship hours (June-August):
- 9:00am – Contemporary worship music led by band
- 10:45am – Traditional worship music led by piano, organ, choir
Regular worship hours (September-May):
- 8:30am – Contemporary worship music led by band
- 11:00am – Traditional worship music led by piano, organ, choir
Many of our congregation’s music and arts groups are resuming rehearsals this fall. If you have a joy for sharing music or dance with others, you are welcome to join us. Check out all of the groups below and learn how you can share your musical or dance gifts! Contact Amanda if you are interested at email@example.com.
Chancel Choir – 9th grade through adults
If you like to sing in choirs, this is a really fun group to join! The Chancel Choir helps lead the liturgy and hymns at the 11:00am worship and often offers special music anthems. In our rehearsals, we practice some fun warm-ups to enhance our singing technique and then practice the liturgy and hymns for the upcoming Sunday while also learning anthems. It’s a lot of fun! You do not need to be able to read music to join; although, you may end up learning how to read a little bit. J If you can’t commit to coming every week, you can still be a part of the group; pop in and out whenever your schedule allows and make a joyful noise–bring your voice, perhaps a water bottle, and a worshipful heart! Don’t be afraid to use what God has given you! The Chancel Choir meets at 7:00pm on most Wednesdays September through May.
Praise Team – Adults
If you enjoy Christian music in a band-style, you’ll enjoy the Praise Team! The Praise Team is a group of adults who lead the liturgy and songs at the 8:30am worship and often offers special music anthems. In rehearsals, we run-thru upcoming liturgy and songs. The Praise Team’s current instrumentation is made up singers, guitarists, drummers, keyboardists, bass guitarist, and flute. The singers and instrumentalists take turns leading the worship music on Sunday mornings and do not need to commit to leading every week. You also do not need to be able to read music to participate in the group. The Praise Team meets at 7:00pm on Tuesdays.
Chime Choir – ages 13 through adults
If you have always wanted to play an instrument, you will enjoy participating in the Chime Choir. It is easy to learn to play the chimes—no special skills are required—if you can count, you can ring! As you learn to play beautiful music on a couple of chimes, you will experience how all of the parts together make an even more beautiful musical sound! Anyone from 13 to 93 is welcome. The Chime Choir meets on Thursday evenings from 6:45-7:45 beginning September 8th; join us for some musical fun and fellowship. Please contact Gaylene Henry firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.