Music at St. James's
Pat Michaels, Minister of Music
Music serves as a significant expression of our praise to God and our ministry to one another. Alongside traditional church hymnody, we incorporate music from several different traditions into our worship service. In the last year, we surveyed several Christian hymn traditions: Asian, Hispanic, Celtic, and African. We draw upon the diverse cultural history and original material of our parishioners.
Our adult choir is seeking new members. All singers are welcome; no previous experience required. As well as processionals and communion hymns, we perform a weekly anthem. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
The Gospel Schola Youth Choir includes members grades 7-12. Rehearsals are Friday from 4:15-5:00 pm.
The Greenleaf Choir features our singers from grades two through six. Rehearsals are held on Friday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:15 pm.
Jann Aldredge Clanton is a poet with many published hymn texts to her credit. She has a keen interest in female imagery for God. A member of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada and a colleague of Pat's, she invited him to respond to a questionnaire and then she organized his responses into this article on her blog. Responses are welcomed: http://jannaldredgeclanton.com/blog/?p=2127
Sounds of St. James's
From Sunday morning worship:
As well as from a parish performance of "Amahl and the Night Visitors":
JOIN THE ST. JAMES’S PSALM-WRITING INITIATIVE!
St. James’s has had a long tradition of congregation-members writing musical settings for our weekly Psalms. There has been and continues to be so much musical talent and skill in our congregation that it would be a shame not to bring it out and share it with others! It is not every congregation that has been blessed in this way--we are glad indeed! May God have the glory!
We hope to continue this tradition for a very long time here at St. James's. The Worship Commission thought it would be a good idea to put our energies into a renewed season of composing new settings for Psalms. This is especially appropriate since we are using a newer lectionary (the Revised Common Lectionary) which was not in use when we began our project years ago. What this means is that we currently use many Psalms for which we did not write settings. And that means we are in need of composers to step up and write new Psalm settings!
Please speak with Alandra Merrithwait at email@example.com about what Psalms are available. Pat Michaels can assist with some of the musical process. Enjoy writing!