Worship & Music
Worship: Sundays at 8:30 & 11:00am
Worship is the heart of our life together! Each Sunday God gathers people together for worship services that are liturgical, participatory, and centered around Word & Sacrament. During worship we hear the word of God proclaimed in the reading of Holy Scripture, and encounter the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament of Holy Communion. And each Sunday we are sent in to the world to be God’s presence to our neighbors.
We have a variety of seasonal worship services, including Holden Evening Prayer during the season of Lent, Holy Week services, ecumenical services during Advent, an annual service and picnic with WNC Baptist Fellowship at Camp Lutheridge, and more. Keep an eye on our newsletter for announcements about these services.
The heart of music in worship is the congregation’s singing! Styles are varied, from 1,800-year-old songs to music composed this year, led by piano, organ, guitar, and other instruments (even the banjo, if you’re not careful).
Music is led by a variety of ensembles. The active and enthusiastic Celebration Handbell Ringers lead our worship on three octaves of Malmark handbells. The St. Mark’s Singers make a joyful noise for festival Sundays and other occasions. Our Brass Quintet plays a variety of music for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday. Soloists and small groups all regularly play strings, woodwinds, brass, and other instruments during worship. All of these groups exist to give glory to God and to lead God’s people in song and worship.
We also open our doors for a wide variety of concerts. We have hosted college choirs, organ recitalists, jazz quartets, country singers, and many others! Take a look at our newsletter and calendar for information about upcoming programs.
Organ & Piano
Our pipe organ was built by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company of St. Louis, and is a mechanical-action instrument. The organ’s 1,396 pipes are formed from a variety of materials including tin, lead, oak, cherry, and pine. Click here for a stop list: (PDF) Our piano is a Steinway model S, built in 1946. Learn about her recent refurbishment.
“Praise God with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipes!”