The music ministry of St. John’s exists to enhance worship by performing sacred choral and instrumental music that adds an emotional dimension to our common worship and complements the spoken Word. Music is planned to match and reinforce the lectionary for the day.
Music has the ability to create a mood or evoke memories. It can transport musician and listener alike, channeling emotions: joy, sadness, majesty, and mystery can all be painted with sound.
Moreover, through the singing of hymns and psalms, the entire congregation can participate in creating this mood. It is truly common prayer.
Our choir has traditionally met every Thursday evening at 7 pm for an hour to prepare to sing on Sunday morning. We also gather at 9:45 am before the service to rehearse. Occasionally, we have Saturday morning rehearsals before special festival days or services. The choir is very supportive of each other and has social occasions during the year for fellowship and fun.
St. John’s choir continues to look for new members in all sections; soprano, alto, tenor, and bass, and hope that those in the congregation who enjoy singing will consider joining us. We have lost several members to retirement, moves from the Essex area, etc. and new members, including children and young adults, are much welcomed. We have a children’s Krystal Bell choir and adult handbells, that are played by choir members to enhance our hymns and psalms. Please call the church office at 860 767-8095 if you are interested.
Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols is an outreach to our community. We invite and celebrate a local service group or charity, and they are the readers of our lessons. This service concludes with a reception in the parish hall where we all get a chance to greet our neighbors and friends.
Our music program has always included many professional musicians for oboe, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, etc., as well as section leaders for our choir. These musicians offer our congregation an opportunity to hear wonderful sacred music and help our volunteers to learn, improve and achieve.
CHOIR IN THE SUMMER
Our summer 10 AM service provides for organ music and hymns during the summer months of June, July, and August. But whatever other musical talents we are blessed with on a Sunday, come mainly from the congregation and volunteers. Also, singers from the choir or the congregation, are needed and welcomed!
Tuesday mornings are used to put the 10:15 AM service together and ask that anyone interested in helping out, by singing or playing an instrument, send Rev. Kate Wesch an email by Monday to let her know of your availability; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember, summer Sundays are what you make them. Praising God doesn’t stop for the summer, and the congregation loves to hear from you!