Special Organ Music in Lent

Sunday, March 21, 2021

In observance of the 10th anniversary year of the renovation of St. Paul's magnificent pipe organ, Marvin Mills will present a special offering each Sunday of Lent. Expanding on the decade's long tradition of Fugues by J. S. Bach as postludes, a complete Bach Prelude and Fugue will be offered, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude.

Click HERE to jump up to the order of worship and link to the 10:30 a.m. worship service.




Chorale Prelude on Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619 (Christ, Thou Lamb Of God) from Orgelbüchlein/Little Organ Book


Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548

Special Organ Music For Lent

Sunday, March 14, 2021

In observance of the 10th anniversary year of the renovation of St. Paul's magnificent pipe organ, Marvin Mills will present a special offering each Sunday of Lent. Expanding on the decade's long tradition of Fugues by J. S. Bach as postludes, a complete Bach Prelude and Fugue will be offered, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude.

Click HERE to jump up to the order of worship and link to the 10:30 a.m. worship service.



Chorale Prelude on O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618 (O Lamb of God, Innocent)

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538

Special Organ Music IN Lent

Sunday, March 7, 2021

In observance of the 10th anniversary year of the renovation of St. Paul's magnificent pipe organ, Marvin Mills will present a special offering each Sunday of Lent. Expanding on the decade's long tradition of Fugues by J. S. Bach as postludes, a complete Bach Prelude and Fugue will be offered, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude.

Click HERE to jump up to the order of worship and link to the 10:30 a.m. worship service.



Chorale Prelude on O Mensch, bewin' dein' Sünde groß (O Man, Weep for Your Great Sins), BWV 622

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582



Special Music During Lent

Sunday, February 28, 2021

In observance of the 10th anniversary year of the renovation of St. Paul's magnificent pipe organ, Marvin Mills will present a special offering each Sunday of Lent. Expanding on the decade's long tradition of Fugues by J. S. Bach as postludes, a complete Bach Prelude and Fugue will be offered, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude. 


Click HERE to jump up to the order of worship and link to the 10:30 a.m. worship service.




Chorale Prelude on Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641

When in the hour of utmost need we know not where to look for aid,

When days and nights of anxious thought nor help nor counsel yet have brought

Prelude and Fugue in b minor, BWV 544

Special Organ Music During Lent

In observance of the 10th anniversary year of the renovation of St. Paul's magnificent pipe organ, Marvin Mills will present a special offering each Sunday of Lent. Expanding on the decade's long tradition of Fugues by J. S. Bach as postludes, a complete Prelude and Fugue will be offered, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude. 



Sunday, February 21, 2021: Chorale Prelude on Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617 (Lord God, now unlock Heaven!) & Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543. (Public domain.)


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The Music Department at St. Paul's

Vocal and instrumental music is a vital part of worship at St. Paul’s.

 

“Everyone should and can be involved in music. It’s not how great a voice or talent is, but how people with different levels of expertise come together to make a unique sound.”   – Director of Music, N. Thomas Pedersen


We have a rich tradition of music appreciation and excellence at St. Paul's. Consider joining one of the following choirs as we praise God through singing and ringing.


ALL GROUPS ARE ON HIATUS DUE TO COVID-19! 


Under normal operations:

Joyful Ringers! Bells rehearsals: Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Youth Choir rehearsals: Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Children's Choir rehearsals: Sundays at 11:45 a.m.


To learn more, please contact the church office or the director of each ensemble, listed below.

Special Organ Music during Lent 2021

For the past decade, organist Marvin Mills has shared selected Fugues by Bach as worship postludes during Lent. 


Now, on the 10th anniversary of our magnificent organ's renovation, we're taking advantage of the worship-from-home format to showcase more of Marvin's organ music. 


This year, throughout Lent, Marvin will offer a complete Prelude and Fugue, preceded by a contrasting short chorale prelude.


These will be available each Sunday in Lent (starting February 21, 2021) in tandem with, but separate from, the streaming worship service.


Click HERE to go to the Worship at Home page, where you can scroll down to find the week's musical offering.

Choirs and Ensembles


The following groups regularly share their musical talents in worship.



  • The Sanctuary choir

    During normal operations, the Sanctuary Choir meets on Thursdays at 7:30 pm in the Room 211 (the choir room). The Sanctuary Choir is made of adult singers who lend their musical voices to lead and enrich each 10:30 am worship service. We are eager to catch up with old friends and welcome new ones. Please contact Director of Music Tom Pedersen at tpedersen@stpaulsk.org if you have any questions.


    The gifted voices of The Sanctuary Choir invite the congregation into praise and reflection at our 10:30 worship service. On Special Music Sundays throughout the church year, the Choir offers selections featuring ensembles drawn from the congregation and outside musicians. The Sanctuary Choir also provides meaningful music for special events such as Christmas Eve and Holy Week services. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses most Thursday evenings (September-May) at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 (Choir Room), with warm-ups & brush-up rehearsal on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Contact music director Tom Pedersen (tpedersen@stpaulsk.org) for more information.


  • The youth Choir

    During normal operations, the Youth Choir rehearses most Sundays, 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, during the school year. 


    This rehearsal time falls between the Middle High and Senior High St. Paul's Youth (SPY) meetings - please visit the Youth page for more information! You don't have to be involved with SPY activities to be in choir (but most of our singers come early or stay late to enjoy SPY fellowship and fun). We provide a quick dinner for our Youth Choir singers! The Youth Choir will be led by James Woods, currently earning his bachelor's of Music Direction and Composition at Catholic University, with guidance from our Director of Music, Tom Pedersen. If you think you can't sing, we challenge you to come anyway and let us prove you wrong! Come join us!

  • joyful ringers!

    The Joyful Ringers! handbells ensemble has been ringing since 1966 and includes members of varying levels of musical experience. Our goals are to have fun, strive for musical excellence, and worship God through music. During non-covid times, the Joyful Ringers! (JRs!) rehearse most Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. in Room 109 and play for Sunday services approximately once a month and on special occasions. Our fine bells were made by England's Whitechapel Bell Foundry (est. 1570) - the same foundry that cast the Liberty Bell. Contact the church office for more information.

  • Children's Choir

    The youngest singers bring their music to the Sanctuary for the 10:30 worship service about once a month during the school year. All children in Grades K-5 are invited to learn inspiring and fun songs as part of our Children's Choir! In pre-covid times, rehearsals are normally held 11:45-12:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room on Sundays beginning the second week of September.


    Many of these children also delight the congregation with a Christmas Pageant each year as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Christmas Pageant rehearsals take place on Sundays after worship in November and December.


  • June CHoir Opportunities 2019

    Would you like to sing in the adult choir but are worried about the weeknight rehearsal commitment? Then relax and join us for June Choir! In normal circumstances, we invite anyone who wants to sing to come to Room 211 (Choir Room) any Sunday in June at 9:30 a.m.. We rehearse together before the 10:30 a.m. worship service and sing music specifically chosen by Director of Music Tom Pedersen to be meaningful and accessible to this pick-up choir. Of course, due to covid-19, all music programs are on hiatus in 2020, and we're not too sure about 2021 yet. Questions? Contact Tom at tpedersen@stpaulsk.org.

  • The St. Paul's ORgan

    Our organ was initially purchased in 1969 from the Aeolian Skinner Organ Company of Randolph, Massachusetts. It was expanded to its current state during renovation work in 2006. Click Here for a full stoplist prepared by Organist Marvin Mills