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Music & Worship

 

Liturgy

We use the Lutheran Service Book (2006) for our worship, and rotate through various settings of the Divine Service and Daily Office. Recordings of those liturgy settings are available here. A list of the upcoming hymns with links to assorted recordings is available here in Excel (to download and view on a computer) or Google Sheets (for computer, tablet, or smart-phone).

 

Ensembles

Senior Choir – Open to anyone in high school and older, the Senior Choir sings weekly for the Divine Service (alternating between 8:00 and 10:30). Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 in the sanctuary.

Junior Choir – For children in grades three through eight, this choir combines the Kodály Concept with the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life program to continue the musical development begun in Preparatory Choir. Choir members grow spiritually as they develop an understanding of the texts they sing and are instructed in the meaning of the liturgy. The Junior Choir sings approximately twice a month and for special services.

Preparatory Choir – For children in kindergarten through second grade, this choir uses the Kodály Concept to develop basic musicianship through singing the hymns of the church, anthems, and folk songs. The Preparatory Choir sings approximately once a month, sometimes joining the Junior Choir.

Christmas Choir – Composed of members of the regular choirs and additional volunteers, this ensemble sings for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. Sectionals and full rehearsals are coordinated on a week-to-week basis during December.

Instrumentalists – Instrumentalists with at least two years experience are encouraged to play in worship. Brass ensembles are often organized for major feast days.

Handbells – Rehearsing on an “as needed” basis, handbells support worship by accompanying the choir or liturgy.

Symphonic Bells of Bloomington (SBB) – Faith Lutheran is proud to host this advanced community handbell ensemble. SBB is committed to promoting the art of English handbell ringing through performance, education, and community outreach. For more information on joining the ensemble or upcoming performances, visit www.symphonicbells.com or follow them on Facebook.

 

For choral program resources, please click here (password protected).

 

Our Instruments

The Organ: Reuter Organ Company, Opus 2145 (1991), two-manual, nineteen ranks

The Piano: Wurlitzer Baby Grand

The Harpsichord: Zuckerman single manual with walnut case, assembled by and on-loan from member Fred Barsun

Bells: Four-and-a-half octaves of Malmark handbells and three octaves of tone chimes

 

Our Cantors

Priscilla Weaver Gabriel (2015-present)

Robert Cruz (2010-2015)

Julie Potts Grindle (1992-1995; 2002-2010)

Elizabeth Waldon (1999-2002)

Chris Loemker (1996-1999)

Wendy Markosky (1995-1996)

Faythe Freese (1986-1988; 1989-1992)

Sharon Follingstad (1986-1988)

Wayne Peterson (1985-1986)

Milton Martin (1963-1985)