“The riches of music are so excellent and so precious words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them…. In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits.”
–The words of Martin Luther
When new-comers at Epiphany enter worship for the first time, it takes only a few moments to realize they have entered a musical space. From the transcendent organ music, the choir, and the congregational singing, it is the music that lifts us into a place where the Holy Spirit lives and breathes. As the reformer, Martin Luther extols, next to the Word of God, it is music that is the greatest treasure in the world.
At Epiphany, we have 4 distinct musical groups:
The Chapel Choir – rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. This group provides leadership for hymnody and liturgy, and also adorns our services with a variety of musical offerings in various musical styles at worship each Sunday at 10:00.
The Joyful Noise – folk group leads us in worship under the leadership of Ray Ramos on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The group meets at 9:00 a.m. on folk-music Sundays.
Music for young children – is offered each Sunday at 9:00 a.m., as a part of the Sunday School time.
Epiphany Handbell Ringers – rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and rings in worship on the months with a 5th Sunday, and on other festival days.
Here are some projects that have kept the groups busy!
- The Chapel Choir continues to lead in weekly service twice to three times each month.
- The Chapel Choir will participate with the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in November.
- The Chapel Choir and the Epiphany Handbell Ringers will present an “Advent Service of Lessons and Carols” in worship on Sunday, December 23, 2018. The Chapel Choir has enjoyed a season of musical growth.
- On Reformation Sunday, October 28, the choir led the service with 16 singers. Many of the singers are active with other musical groups in our community. Their leadership is phenomenal.
- The Youth participated in worship as an instrumental ensemble the Youth Service in March.
- Under the general leadership of Ray Ramos, the Joyful Noise group welcomes anyone to participate with this folk-musical group.
- Epiphany is blessed to have both a pipe organ and a wonderful Knabe grand piano in the worship space.
- We are blessed once more to have Arthur Schlueter III, a church member, who takes great pride in maintaining and improving our instrument. Arthur’s firm is developing an international presence and recognition by building pipe organs throughout Georgia, the United States, and abroad. In the future I hope that we can have the voicing adjusted so that the instrument can be more properly suited to the scale of the Epiphany sanctuary.
- The Knabe remains in a satisfactory state, and this year it was revoiced to improve its tone and responsiveness.
- We are learning to use the Schulmerich handbell on a regular basis. Last spring the choir took the bells and attended an all-day workshop presented by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. We have 2.5 octaves of bells. A standard bell choir has at least 3 octaves of bells. We have a membership goal of 11 ringers and to purchase the full 3rdoctave in order to be able to play standard handbell music.
- Music Library: Our choir library is quite extensive for a church our size, and there are still many opportunities to file and index this music.
Join Choir and Sing For Joy!
Don Harris, Music Director and Organist