Music is a large part of Grace. The organ is an M.P. Möller with 4 manuals, 48 ranks and lots of pipes, from tiny flutes to 32′ bass (for you organ geeks; and yes, your bottom will vibrate in the pew!) Grace has three choirs (Chancel Choir, Grace Notes Choir and Handbell Choir) and music is the foundation of Grace’s worship services.
Our 10 a.m. Worship: Worship at Grace is always intended to be a life-enhancing experience. We rotate the type of music and the leadership dress. About half of our liturgies are more formal and half are less formal. The formal is supported with the organ and the worship leaders vest in albs; the informal service is supported with piano, drums, guitars and the like, and the worship leaders dress casually. The formal eucharistic liturgies currently include a mass setting by Franz Schubert; and the ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship) settings three (3), four (4), and nine (9) by Richard Hillert, Ronald Nelson, and Joel Martinson respectively. The informal liturgies include “Bread of Life” WOV (With One Voice) setting five (5) by Jeremy Young; “Now the Feast and Celebration” setting by Marty Haugen; and again, ELW setting nine (9) by Martinson (slightly altered) with piano trio leadership. Generally, Sunday worship is alternately formal and informal. If you have a passion for worship, please consider being part of the worship work group at Grace. Please see Pastor Ernat for more information.
Chancel Choir: the chancel choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m., vests (robes) and sings for the formal worship service, and occasionally processes (on special Sundays). Contact David Sparkes, Lead Musician.
Grace Notes Choir: everyone is invited to be part of a “pick-up” choir called the Grace Notes Choir to enhance our informal worship. A very singable piece of music will be rehearsed on informal worship Sundays at 9:30 a.m., before the morning worship and then sung during the Offertory. Contact David Sparkes, Lead Musician.
Grace Handbell Choir: Grace’s Handbell Choir consists of a 5 octave set of Schulmerich Handbells and tone chimes. The bell choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. and plays during worship (with a run-through before worship) 5 -6 times from September – May. You don’t need to read music to be a ringer, just show up on a Thursday night prepared to have some fun! Contact Gayle Klaber.