“Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things” – Psalm 98:1

“Come let us sing for joy to the Lord” – Psalm 95:1

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord” – Ephesians 5:19

The Bible has countless examples of singing and general music making:

Moses sang a song of praise after the Exodus; King David played the harp, and wrote many of the Psalms; Jesus sang a hymn with his disciples at the last supper; Paul and Silas sang a hymn of praise to God in jail; and in Revelation there is singing in heaven as the heavenly choir joins in praise to God.

Modern research has shown that singing in a choir has tremendous benefits for physical and mental well being, leading some to suggest singing as a treatment for medical conditions. Some studies suggest that there are specific benefits related to choral singing which are unique to this pastime:

  • Researchers discovered that members of a choir saw their heart rates beat in unison in relation to the speed of their breathing. Heart rates were directly affected by the melody of the music, and the pulses of those tested rose and fell at the same time when they sung in a group.
  • While we are often focused on our individual lives rather than broader cooperative goals, people who participate in a choir enjoy a greater feeling of togetherness and being part of a collective endeavor than others involved in different social activities.
  • Participants in choral singing, in contrast to solo singing, reported a higher rate of social well being in a comparison study. The rates for choral singers and sports team players were the same, indicating that so long as your doing something in a group, it will prove equally beneficial for feelings of social well being.

In my own experience of playing for other denominations it really is true Lutherans love to sing!

I encourage you to keep up the tradition and participate enthusiastically. You might find that you enjoy it so much you’ll even consider joining with your friends in the Choir — hint, hint!

— Glen F., Organist and Choir Director

Darkness and Light; Death and Resurrection. The coldness of Winter gives way to the warmth of Spring as we pass from slavery to freedom, from death to life. These are the liturgical themes we pass through, as April brings us full circle – through the last few weeks of Lent and into Holy Week and Easter.

The Easter Triduum, which means three days, begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) and ends with sunset on Easter Sunday. The liturgies during these three days recall the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels.

The music for Holy Week reflects the somber, reflective nature of the liturgy and includes classic works by Stainer, Dubois, and Duruflé. More celebratory music will be performed at the end of the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday, with music by Bach, Widor, and Vierne.

The Easter Vigil begins after nightfall on Holy Saturday with a Service of Light and the lighting of the Paschal candle. Psalms and Hymns are read and sung; Baptismal vows are renewed and new members are received; and at long last Alleluias are sung after their absence throughout Lent.

The Glory of the Resurrection is once again upon us as Easter Sunday dawns in exuberant celebration of the Risen Christ. Music for Organ, Choir, Handbells, Brass and Timpani is featured and the church joins once again in joyous, grateful celebration.

— Glen F., Organist and Choir Director