Music is historically an integral part of Christian worship. In the New Testament we read that Jesus prayed Psalms from the Psalter, and after the Last Supper he and his disciples sang hymns. At Good Shepherd hymns are an integral part of the 10:00 AM Holy Eucharist. Hymns are taken from a variety of sources, including the Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing, and many others. The choir may sing an anthem or two. The congregation and celebrant sometimes chant ancient tones for certain parts of the service. Parishioners of all ages are encouraged to work with our Music Director to prepare a musical offering to share during a service. Our children and youth regularly bring the gift of music.
Are you interested in joining the parish choir? The choir is a warm fellowship of music-loving parishioners which sings at the 10:00 a.m. service most Sundays from mid-September to mid-June. In addition to leading the congregation in the hymns, we often perform special musical pieces during the Offertory. Everyone is most warmly invited to join us, whether you are an experienced singer or a “just-in-the-shower”; vocalist (basses and tenors are particularly needed). The choir also performs a special Concert on Christmas Eve. Even if you do not regularly sing in the choir, you are welcome to join us for this special performance. Estimated time commitment: 1 hour/week during the regular season, 2-3 hours/week right before the Christmas concert. If you wish to join the choir, please contact Ms. Cecilia Sparacio, Music Director at email@example.com.
A number of parishioners at Good Shepherd are involved in outside musical projects: