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Music Ministry


 

In the Body of Christ there exists a wonderful variety of ministries, which are especially evident when we gather around the altar to worship God. By virtue of our baptism in Christ some of us are called to serve as Music Ministers.

The role of our Music Ministers is to help those assembled for worship to pray.   Music is a powerful way of uniting a group of individuals into a single body.  As we sing we are one body, united in Christ, offering a single prayer of praise and thanksgiving to our God.

As Music Ministers we work together, combining our various talents with rehearsal and prayer, to enable the entire worshipping assembly to participate more fully in our liturgical celebrations. Additional members of our Music Ministry Team -- instrumentalists, cantors, and choir members-- are always needed and welcomed at all Masses.  To discuss how you can become part of the music ministry team, please contact the parish office.

 

A Prayer for Music Ministers

Bless us, O Lord, Your servants, who minister in Your Church;   Grant that the music we provide with our lips and our hands we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may practice and show forth in our lives each and every day. For as we offer our music and prayer unto You, O God, we offer glory, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now  and unto ages of ages. Amen. 


 

 

 

Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might,with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tam-bourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets. 

--1 Chronicles 13:8


 

 

How do I qualify to be a music minister?

A love of music and a desire to praise God in song are the most important qualities a music minister needs. Our primary goal is to assist the gathered assembly to pray

Can I sing with the choir if I don't have a good voice?

Of course! We need you! Many individuals think they don't have a 'good' voice. But when we sing together and blend our voices, we all sing better. It's synergy--he whole is greater than the sum of its parts!

Do I need special training?

Instrumentalists need enough prior musical training / experience that they are comfortable accomanying and leading the congregation. Choir members do not necessarily need prior musical experience if they are willing to attend rehearsals and learn to blend with their fellow singers. Some prior knowledge / experience is helpful for cantors, but we can work with individuals to function as cantors or song leaders. We are willing to work with anyone interested in joining the music ministry team.

What if I can't make it every week?

We recognize that people have busy lives. Music ministers must recognize that consistency in attendance / participation in liturgies and rehearsals are key to a solid, successful ministry. Instrumentalists or singers who wish to join only for special celebrations need to attend rehearsals for a few weeks prior to those liturgies in order to be comfortable with the music. We always recruit additional ministers; additional people help ease the strain when some must be absent.

What musical opportunities are there?

For all, there is the opportunity to be part of a meaningful worship experience. For those singers wishing more, there are opportunities to cantor, or to sing an occasional solo, duet, or small group number. For instrumentalsts, there are always opportunities to collaborate with other musicians providing music for the liturgy. For those ready for the next level, there are many opportunities to accompany the hymns and sung parts of the Mass during the various liturgies.

 

 

 

 

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