One of the first things people notice when they attend a church service is the music. The style, the instruments, the choirs or soloists and the choice of songs have great impact on those who attend the service. All it takes is a tender verse of Amazing Grace, a choir singing a simple setting of Jesus, Loves Me or a rousing organ postlude and we find our hearts are moved in ways we can’t always explain. Such is the power of music in the community of God’s people.
At Lutheran Church of Reconciliation, music is an integral part of our worship services whether it be in the quiet recording of a spiritual classic at the 7:45 spoken service or through hymns, liturgy, choirs, praise team, handbells and organ selections at our 8:55 and 11:00 services. It is one of the ways in which we express our deepest emotions of worship and thanksgivings for God’s wondrous ways. When music is combined with ministry it becomes a powerful tool for spiritual growth and meaningful community. At LCOR, musicians are not surprised to talk about serving, ministering and being musical vessels of grace to those sitting in the pews.
Therefore, if you are willing to make new friends, commit to regular rehearsals, sing about the love of God and be willing ministers to those in worship, we invite you to consider joining one or more of our three music ensembles.
THE CHANCEL CHOIR for ADULTS and YOUTH
REHEARSALS ON THURSDAYS FROM 6:15 to 7:30 PM
The Chancel Choir sings regularly at the 11:00 a.m. services. It rehearses on Thursday evenings. The type of music sung is from the rich traditional choral literature of the church with a sprinkling of contemporary gospel and contemplative styles intermixed. Previous choir experience is not necessary but being able to read music is helpful! All are welcome!
REHEARSALS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS AT 7:35 PM
The Praise Team sings regularly at the 855 ALIVE! services with practices on Thursday evenings after the Chancel Choir rehearsal. The type of music is varied with selections from some of contemporary praise music, traditional hymns and folk music. Previous choir experience is not necessary but being able to read music and having a willing heart is helpful! All are welcome
REHEARSALS ON THURSDAYS EVENINGS AT 4:30 – 5:45 PM
Our Bell Choir is a group of people who love to share the beauty of bell music with the congregation. Right now, the choir rings occasionally but we’re hopeful that the ringers will play once a month. The music varies. It may be a beautiful familiar hymn arrangement, or a piece written especially for bells. Perhaps you’ve never considered ringing in a bell choir. However, it could be a great opportunity to make new friends and join in a significant ministry that will bring you joy and blessings to others. It’s not necessary that you have prior bell ringing experience, however, knowing how to read music is helpful.
If any of the music opportunities have caught your interest and you’d like to talk more about it, please feel free to send an email to our Director of Worship, Mark Hellmann at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 686-4742.
Director of Worship Ministry
Mark’s passion is to share the Good News of Christ in a variety of worship expressions — music, drama, and visual arts. He has had lots of experience doing this throughout his career as pastor of two churches in Minnesota, and most recently, as Music Director of St. Andrew’s On-the-Sound Episcopal Church in Wilmington.