“Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with a song.” Psalm 100:2
Music is an integral part of our worship. While we include a variety of music styles, we primarily follow the Anglican choral tradition, with music led by the organ and the St. Paul’s Choir.
The St. Paul’s Choir, comprised of 45 members, regularly sings at the 11:00 service, as well as a number of extra services.
The choir’s repertoire spans nearly a thousand years, ranging from Gregorian chant to 21st-century music, including well-known classical and Anglican “standards” along with more contemporary anthems and selections from Taizé, gospel, Africa, and Latin America.
Those interested in joining the choir are encouraged to contact Angela Tipps. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 am to 8:30 pm. Singing in the choir is a great ministry opportunity and a fun way to use your musical gifts and talents.
The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918 at King’s College, Cambridge, UK. Almost immediately other churches adapted the service for their own use. Wherever the service is heard and however it is adapted, whether the music is provided by a choir or congregation, the pattern and strength of the service derive from the lessons and not the music. “The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God…” seen “through the windows and the words of the Bible.”
Our Lessons & Carols service is a parish favorite, taking place in the late afternoon of the fourth Sunday of Advent. The service typically includes the Junior and Senior Choristers, St. Paul’s Choir, organ, and a brass quintet. Another highlight of the season is the reception that follows the service.
Audio Recording of the December 23, 2018 Performance
The use of the organ in Christian worship has a history stretching back to the 1400s. The breadth of music required in today’s worship demands an instrument capable of both subtlety and strength.
The St. Paul’s Organ, built by the Létourneau Pipe Organ Company in 2012, admirably fulfills these roles. It has 1,459 individual pipes and 21 stops distributed among two keyboards and a pedal clavier. The instrument has an electric playing action, with the console located in the chancel in front of the organ case.
The sound of the St. Paul’s organ was designed to support robust congregational and choral singing, finding parallels to classical organ design as well as certain details of 19th-century English cathedral organs. The result is an instrument that balances warmth and color with brilliance and excitement.
Students in middle and high school sing regularly throughout the school year, alternating between the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Led by Angela Tipps, they rehearse at 4:30 on Sunday, just before the youth program’s Sunday Night Live.
Children in grades 2 to 5 sing regularly throughout the school year, alternating between the 8:30 and 11:00 services. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 5:45 in the choir room. Rachel Lapinski is the conductor of this program, which follows the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life curriculum.
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