At St John’s all the music in our liturgies is offered to the glory of God and through God’s gift of music we seek to contribute to the worship experience. It is our goal to provide opportunities for all to participate in and experience the transcendent power of liturgically appropriate offerings of many periods and styles.
We believe that liturgy is truly the work of the people, and as such our congregation is our essential and largest musical ensemble. We also believe that as St. Augustine is credited with saying,” He who sings prays twice.” Because of this we encourage all to make a joyful noise, singing hymns, psalms and service music. The hymns we sing are often familiar and sometimes new and challenging. They are chosen to commemorate the season or feast and/or reflect upon or illuminate a text from the lectionary of the day. We sing the psalms and service music together each week, varying the settings on a seasonal basis to help punctuate the rhythm of the church year.
In addition to our congregational singing, St. John’s has an active multi-generational choir which sings at the 10 am Sunday service each week as well as for major Holy Days. The parish also has an lively ”Eclectic Ensemble” comprised of singers and players (up to 13 different instruments) who support the music at the “Gathering” service which takes place each Sunday at 5:30 pm. We believe that working together to bring sacred texts to life through musical performance is one viable means of Christian Formation.
Information regarding the St. John’s music program including how to participate in any or our ensembles is available from Choir or Eclectic Ensemble members or Jacob Stott who can be reached at 401-245-4065 X19.