Lutheran Church of Reconciliation

Music at Reconciliation

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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.

Mark Hellmann

Mark Hellmann

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.

Introducing LCOR Virtual Choir

How can a church choir sing when they can’t get together to rehearse and sing? Who can a church choir do when they can’t sing in a church service? Good questions and the short answer is: Virtual Choir…a collection of short videos of choir members singing an anthem in their homes and then combined into one BIG video. That’s exactly what the musicians at our church have done! The following is the first LCOR Virtual Choir song. (Copyright © 1994, 1998, GlorySound, A Division of Shawnee Press, Inc. ARR. Streamed with permission under One License #A-70730665.)

Our three music ensembles

THE CHANCEL CHOIR for ADULTS and YOUTH
REHEARSALS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

At the present time the ministry of the Chancel Choir has been temporarily suspended until it is safe to return to in-person worship. When that happens, the Chancel will resumes it regular ministry of singing regularly at the 11:00 a.m. services and  rehearsing on Thursday evenings. The type of music sung by the choir 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!

PRAISE TEAM
REHEARSALS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

Similar to the Chancel Choir, the ministry of The Praise Team has been temporarily suspended during the COVID epidemic. Normally the Praise Team sings regularly at the 855 ALIVE! services with practices on Thursday evenings. 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.

BELL CHOIR
REHEARSALS ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS AT 5:00 – 6:30 PM

bells

Our Bell Choir is a group of people who love to share the beauty of bell music with the congregation. Fortunately our Bell Choir continues to rehearse weekly during COVID observing strict social-distancing and wearing masks to make rehearsals safe. However, this means that our bell ringers play virtually for our online services. Please click on the link below to experience the beautiful music our Reconciliation Ringers provided on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Joy by Michael Helman.
Copyright: © 2007 Lorenz Publishing Co. ARR. Lorenz Publishing Co, Box 802, Dayton, OH

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: music@mylcor.org or  (910) 686-4742.

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent

Victor Hugo