Music is an integral part of worship. On any given Sunday, you may hear the grand piano, organ, violin, flute, guitar and the voices of a number of singing groups. There are also many opportunities for singing together.
The Chancel Choir is the adult choir of 12 -15 voices which adds to worship through music. It leads the congregational hymn singing each Sunday and also presents one or two anthems in praise to God. The choir practises every Thursday evening from 7 – 9 pm. and performs each Sunday from September to mid-June. The choir takes a break in the summer which gives an opportunity for small groups to provide music.
Impromptu and Off-the-Cuff are women’s and men’s singing groups, respectively who wish to contribute music on an occasional basis. Rehearsal times are announced in the weekly bulletin and often occur after Sunday worship. These groups offer music at various special services and times throughout the church year.
“Awesome” is the children’s choir. In the past, it has performed several times per year and at special services such as the Christmas Candlelight service. It met after Sunday services to rehearse. There has also been a Christmas party and spring concert for the families to add to the fun. Currently the choir is in a state of rebuilding and requires new members.
Several years ago, EMUC received a wonderful gift of a set of bells and chimes. We are still learning to play these and new people are always welcome. There is also an opportunity for someone to help lead this groups with our Director of Music. The bells are used at special services and play with the Chancel Choir to offer a different sound and way of praising God.
Guest musicians and musical groups are sometimes part of Sunday service as well as the special Vesper services throughout the year. They are a wonderful addition to our musical offerings and are very inspirational.