Sounds Of Worship
In worship, music is an offering and a prayer. It is an offering that we give to God that submits to God the full range of our lives from praise to lament. In so doing, music, like prayer, voices our deepest hopes, convictions, joys and fears before our Creator. Music also touches the deepest parts of our lives, providing comfort, eliciting joy, and moving us to faithfulness. Music is an important part of our worship life. At most morning service, a marvelous Adult Chancel Choir provides music in a more traditional sense, and on selected Sundays the Handbell and children’s Choir perform.
The Chancel Choir at Northminster is a multi-generational mixed ensemble. The choir is open to those from High School freshmen and older and sings a wide variety of choral literature. The first Sunday of December of each year, the Chancel Choir presents its annual Service of Lessons and Carols along with the Adult Handbell Choir. We meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 from mid-August through mid-May. There is no need to call ahead, just show up and sing! We sing an anthem each Sunday of the “Singing Year (August-June, taking July off)”. We hold a semi-annual workshop to introduce the anthems for the corresponding semester in August and January.
Our 3 Octave Adult Handbell Choir is open to anyone regardless of their musical ability. Our current membership is 10 ringers and we are looking for the elusive member 11 and we are always on the hunt for those willing to substitute. This group meets Wednesday evenings August through May at 6:00 pm. We ring approximately one Sunday each month and those dates are made known at the beginning of rehearsals in August and January.
Our Brass Ensemble is made up of volunteers who generously give their time and talents to enhance our worship services on a quarterly basis. This group is open to anyone from high school level and up who want to use their gift in worship. Since we play on a quarterly basis, we practice one time before each performance. Dates are scheduled as far in advance as possible to be conducive with each member’s schedule. If you’re interested in playing with this group, please contact the music office for more information.
Youth Music Connection
Our youth music is open to kids of all ages from 1st grade up through high school. We rehearse each week during the Sunday morning Connection hour from September through April. Kids arrive at 9:00 am, grab a bite of breakfast from the Fellowship Hall, and come to the Senior High classroom to enjoy 15 minutes of music before heading to their Bible lesson time. Typically, this group sings once per semester, and for our annual Lessons and Carols service. There is no need to call ahead; just show up on Sunday morning and join in the musical fun!