Music Ministry

RICH-JERRY-9Celebrating Black History Month in Music

February is also known as “Black History Month”, and Trinity’s musicians will present music to recognize the contributions of American composers of color to the world of sacred music. The organ preludes and postludes for February will include music by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1989; Professor of Music at Virginia State University); Mark Fax (1911-1974; Professor of Music at Howard University); George Theophilus Walker (b. 1922; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer); and Nkeiru Okoye (b. 1975, composer of the opera Harriet Tubman).

The Trinity Ringers will share Carl Wiltse’s setting of the spiritual My Lord! What a Morning, which proclaims that Jesus will return “to wake the nations underground” (i.e., the dead) as the ultimate victory over the grave (Acts 1:1-11). “My Lord! what a morning when the stars begin to fall. You’ll hear the trumpet sound to wake the nations underground. Look into my God’s right hand when the stars begin to fall.” The Memorial Ringers will play Diane McAninch’s arrangement of the spiritual There Is a Balm in Gilead. Although its lyrics describe the New Testament’s concept of salvation through Jesus Christ, its title comes from the Hebrew Bible, where the prophet Jeremiah seeks a spiritual medicine that would heal Israel: “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wounds of my [God’s] people?” (Jeremiah 8:22). The refrain can be found in one of John Newton’s 1779 Olney hymns: “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there’s power enough in heaven to cure a sin-sick soul.”

The Chancel Choir will sing Jack Schrader’s arrangement of Thomas A. Dorsey’s gospel hymn Precious Lord, which he composed in 1932 under the saddest of circumstances; he was on a business trip when he heard that his wife and infant son had died, and he later said that composing this song helped him to come to terms with his grief. Now included in most hymnals, it is also known to have been the favorite hymn of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ellen Children’s Choir

       Love is an interesting thing, isn’t it? If I asked who you loved I bet you could rattle off a list of individuals. I love my parents, spouse, children, siblings, friends, co-workers, family members; the list goes on and on. But if I asked you how to love, the response may not be as easy. This year the Children’s Choir is searching for an answer to that question by exploring Mark 12:30-31 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second most important commandment is this: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment more important than these two.” By examining this verse we will learn how to love God with our whole self, how to interact with the people around us, and what it means to love ourselves.

As a choir, the way we express our love to God is through the worshipful act of singing.  We begin each Wednesday night with the same song: “I love you LORD and I lift my voice to worship you. Oh, my soul rejoice! Take joy, my King, in what you hear. May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.” These words help to center our hearts on God as we begin each rehearsal. They also reminds us that our purpose is not performance. Our purpose is to use our voice to worship the LORD. By doing this, music becomes one way that we express our love for God.



Ring and Sing with Us!

RICH-JERRY-9by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

“The New Year is here, and I am looking for a resolution.” If you are having this thought, why not join one of Trinity’s choirs? Choir is more than rehearsing, ringing and singing. It is a vital part of Trinity whose members feel called to minister to others through music.

Join one of our choirs and you will:

1. Be a part of the church’s worship life

2. Fellowship with others who feel God’s call to serve through music

3. Experience how music can be an extension of God’s word

Qualifications for joining a choir include:

1. Loving Jesus with all your heart

2. Wanting to express through music what God has done for you

3. Being willing to serve at Trinity

You don’t have to be a great singer or ringer (although we are blessed with those!). If God has called you to serve in a choir, others will help you begin your journey in this new way to serve. Remember that “God does not call the qualified; rather, he qualifies the called”. If God is calling you to serve at Trinity through its music program, please make a resolution now to try one of its choirs!


November Children’s Choir

ellenBy Ellen LaCroix, Children’s Choir Director

Children’s Choir is off to a great start this year! We meet Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. in Langley Hall. The first thirty minutes are a time of food and fellowship where families have a chance to relax and chat about the week, and Children grow in friendship. The second half of our time together is spent in choir rehearsal where we learn music basics through song, dance, and games. Most importantly, we learn what it means to worship God through music. If you are interested in joining Children’s choir, e-mail for more information or stop by one Wednesday. Rehearsals for our Christmas program began on October 30, but it’s not too late to be part of it. We would love to have new voices join us!


November Music Ministry

RICH-JERRY-9by Jerry Rich, Director of Music

In recognition of All Saints Day, the Chancel Choir will sing three selections from Gabriel Fauré’s serene and consoling Requiem at the 10:30 service on Sunday, November 3:

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, Hosanna in the highest.

Agnus Dei: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant them everlasting rest. Let perpetual light shine upon them together with your saints, for you are good.

In Paradisum: May angels lead you into paradise and martyrs bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and, like Lazarus, may you have eternal rest.

In acknowledgment of God’s countless gifts to us, Trinity’s bell choirs will play two songs of thanksgiving at the 10:30 service on Sunday, November 17:

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us: Nancy Tipton’s version of William Bradbury’s 1859 melody reveals our gratitude to Christ, the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock.

My Jesus, I Love Thee: Charles Maggs’ hushed setting of Adoniram Gordon’s 1876 hymn tune expresses our thanks to Jesus for purchasing our pardon on Calvary.