In Jewish, Islamic and Christian worship, music is the bearer of the Divine Word. Whether in the form of the pealing of the steeple bell or the chanting of the muezzin from the minaret, music calls us to prayer. All cultures and civilizations have made of their music an offering to God.The foundation of its association with religious ritual lies buried deep within the common roots of our ancient past. The Psalms abound with injunctions to "Sing to the Lord!". This phrase occurs in varying forms more than three hundred times throughout the Bible, making it the most repeated of all biblical mandates.
Faithfully, First Church offers music programs in the following areas:
Our music ministry offers several opportunities for children and adults of all ages to be involved. Our youth choirs and Chancel Choir provide great musical experiences for everyone as well as opportunities to participate in the worship life of the First Congregational Church.
Primary Choir is a place where boys and girls of all ages gather to explore their musical curiosity through an interactive experience with some of the choristers from the Youth Choir. Simple rhythms, finding one's voice through singing some Do Re Mi's, and learning easy songs give boys and girls a chance to see what choir is about before joining the Youth Choir. Children usually have to attend at least 8 sessions in Primary Choir before joining Youth Choir. These sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:20 P.M. All children are welcome, any Wednesday, any time of the year!
Youth Choir is also for children of all ages who have attended a minimum of 8 Primary Choir sessions. They will learn basic music notation and concepts of melody, tempo, and dynamics. The choir also sings youth anthems, music from the church’s hymnal, and other songs appropriate for Christian worship. The choir sings once a month during the 10:00 worship service and for other special services throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 6:45 P.M.
Chancel Choir is for adults of all ages as well as for high school students. The Chancel Choir performs a wide range of music reflecting the diverse musical background and tradition of our congregation. It leads the congregation in hymn singing and provides special music to enhance the worship experience. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:15 P.M., and the choir sings every Sunday for the 10:00 service.
Memorial Music Sunday
Every year, this special memorial service honors the memories of those who have passed away before us. The Chancel Choir sings an extended choral work that offers hope, comfort, and inspiration to the congregation. Memorial Music Sunday is one of the most powerful and inspiring worship services of the year and exposes our congregation to a great choral work in our sanctuary. For more information about this year's Memorial Music Sunday, click the button below.