Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Calvary is home to a diverse group of talented musicians who serve faithfully in our music ministry as we seek the Lord and praise Him with song.
From the organ chords and songs of the Choir during the traditional service, to the melodies of our Worship Team during the contemporary service, Calvary’s sanctuary rings with music and praise on Sunday mornings. Other opportunities include the Celebration Bells hand bell choir and youth ACTS band.
The choir practices on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 pm. Contact Lori Bourret in the church office if you have questions about Calvary’s music ministries!
Whatever your age, level of experience or stylistic preference, there is a place for YOU in the music ministry at Calvary.
The church’s 175th anniversary weekend of November 15 and 16 included much music! On Saturday the historical program included notes written by Janice Singer about the history of the Choir, organ, Bells and Worship Team. On Sunday the Celebration Bells played a Bell Fanfare for the introit, Chris Donelan played trumpet with the organ prelude and for an anthem with the Choir and Congregation. Two hymns were sung a capella.
The rehearsal of Advent and Christmas music on Wednesdays at 7:15 in the choir room has begun. Sing for all or part of the Advent/Christmas season!
Here is a synopsis of one song, “Joy to the World” from the book, ‘Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas’ by Ace Collins. Isaac Watts was inspired to pen his poem while studying Psalm 98. Lowell Mason, a student of George F. Handel, composed a melody borrowed from two songs from Handel’s “Messiah”; “Lift up Your Head” and “Comfort Ye”. He named the tune, ANTIOCH after the Syrian city which was the point of departure for Paul’s first two missionary journeys. In 1839 (175 years ago!) Watt’s lyrics and Mason’s tune were united in the song, “Joy to the World”. Watts and Mason wanted people to see scripture and music in a new way in a song that proclaimed that Christians should exude joy each day because the Lord is come!