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 expressed through hymns, liturgical settings, choirs, praise teams, handbells and organ selections at our 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. services. Music 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.
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 6:15 PM ON THURSDAYS
The Chancel Choir regularly sings at the 11:00 a.m. services and occasionally sings at the 8:30 service. 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!
REHEARSALS ARE 6:30 PM ON WEDNESDAYS
The Praise Team sings regularly at the 8:30 a.m. services. 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 4:00 PM ON THURSDAYS
Our Bell Choir is a group of people who love to share the beauty of handbell music with the congregation. The Bell Choir plays once a month at our 11 a.m. service and occasionally at the 8:30 a.m. service. The type of music used by the Reconciliation Ringers consists of hymns and sacred music written especially for handbells. Please click on the link below to experience the beautiful music our Reconciliation Ringers provided on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Joy by Michael Helman.
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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.