This week the Choristers and Singers will be participating in worship, singing three different anthems. The two choirs will combine for “Wade in the Water,” in an arrangement by Bruce Trinkley. This is a traditional African-American spiritual whose words have a dual meaning — on the one hand, they refer to the practice of baptism, but also served as advice to runaway slaves that they should use water to throw bloodhounds off their scent. The “Moses” referred to in the song could mean both the Biblical figure and Harriet Tubman, who led many slaves to freedom. The Choristers will also sing “Spirit Boundless,” by Betty Ann Ramseth, which incorporates the 17th-century German chorale, “Werde Munter.” The final anthem is “When You Pass Through the Waters,” a setting by Paul Weber of Isaiah 43:1-3.
There is still time to sing in the choir on Christmas Eve. Youth and adults grade 5 and up are invited to participate in a special choir that sings at the 5:00 p.m. service on December 24. We will rehearse on Thursday, December 21 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room, and the 24th we will gather at 4:00 p.m. before the 5:00 service. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions. This is a great opportunity for alumni of our Singers choir to connect for the holidays.
Come and enjoy a traditional service of Lessons and Carols led by the Choristers and Singers choirs. Readings and carols retell the story of Christ’s birth, with candlelit singing of Silent Night. Following the service gather for a potluck meal and carol singing in the Fellowship Hall. This annual event is a wonderful time to gather with family, and invite new friends to celebrate the season at Westminster. Please bring a dish to share for the potluck meal.
The Singers and the Choristers help to lead worship this week. The Choristers will sing Teach Me Your Way by American composer Timothy Shaw with a text based on Psalm 86:11-13. As the Choristers prepared to sing in worship they have been singing songs and making crafts about following God. In worship we will sing one of their favorite hymns on this theme, Guide My Feet. The Singers will sing a round that was originally written by G. P. Telemann (1681-1767) and has been arranged by Dave and Jean Perry: I Will Rejoice. We have enjoyed working on this round and focusing our ears to hear all the parts while we sing together.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.