“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
The participants of the Music Ministry have experienced a number of wonderful events during 2018.
Musical Groups. Epiphany has three active musical groups. Joyful Noise, Chapel Choir, and Epiphany Handbell Ringers. A new master schedule is designed to promote a balanced calendar rotation as follows:
1st Sunday of the month—Chapel Choir
2nd Sunday of the month—folk service
3rd Sunday of the month—Chapel Choir
4th Sunday of the month—solo or instrumental group
5th Sunday of the month—Epiphany Ringers
The Chapel Choir leads from the choir loft each week, but presents musical offerings according to the schedule mentioned above.
2018 Chapel Choir events and 2019 goals
- The Chapel Choir continues to lead worship on a weekly basis, as it forms the core of the music ministry for a variety of age groups, interests, and talents.
- Rehearsal time is each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m
- The Chapel Choir continues to support worship with leadership of hymnody and liturgy.
- Many of the Chapel Choir members participated in the annual camp meeting which took place at the Salem Campgrounds. Don directed the choir on the final evening of camp meeting.
- The Choir participated in the annual Ecumenical Thanksgivng Service which was expanded to meet in the Rockdale County Auditorium, More churches participated this year than in the past.
- The Chapel Choir presented An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 23, which was a departure this year from the shared musical event with First Presbyterian Church, Covington.
- During 2018 the choir has stabilized with an average weekly attendance of 2-3 sopranos, 4 altos, 5 tenors, and 3 bass-baritones. As we move into 2019, we have gained a new soprano, total of 15 choir members. Our membership target goal is 24 singers with 6 in each section.
- Epiphany has a strong un-official connection with the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild with 9 musicians who sing in both groups.
- The group supports its own by sending birthday and get well cards to members. In the last 12 months, we have provided several share-care meals for members who were bereaved.
2018 Epiphany Ringers and 2019 events and goals
- The handbell choir is learning and growing! We took a field trip to observe the Atlanta Concert Ringers in concert. We learned a lot by observing their skill and musicianship.
- In 2018, our handbell choir rang on Palm Sunday, in September, and two times in December.
- At the beginning of 2019, we have 9 ringers ringing 2.5 octaves of handbells. Our membership is goal is 11 ringers, which means we will be able to play 3 octave handbells.
- We maintain an extended arrangement with Smyrna Presbyterian Church to borrow and use their 3rd octave of handbells.
- In 2019 we look forward to playing more often to accommodate the new master schedule. The ringing schedule loosely coordinates with the 5th Sunday of the month, which will occur in March, June, September and December.
- Our rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.
2018 Joyful Noise events and goals
Joyful Noise has been reorganized and now presents a folk service liturgy on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Guitarist Ray Ramos is song leader for this group. Congregants who cannot serve in the Chapel Choir can join this monthly musical opportunity. Many thanks to this dedicated man who gives generously his gracious spirit and musical leadership. Rehearsal time is 2nd Sunday morning of the month at 9:15 a.m.
.Our Musical Tools
Organ and Pianos
- Epiphany is blessed to have both a pipe organ and a wonderful Knabe grand piano in the worship space.
- Even more than that, we are blessed once more to have Arthur Schleutter 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.
- Our choir library is quite extensive for a church our size, and there are still many opportunities to file and index this music. Thanks to Sheila Sipe, who has stepped up our goal to complete the filing and indexing project.
- The Lent, Holy Week, and Pentecost festivals will soon be upon us. The Chapel Choir will, once again, be taking on a rigorous practices schedule to make that time inspiring and uplifting. The handbell group will join the Easter celebration with joyful ringing!
Join Choir and Sing For Joy!
Don Harris, Music Director and Organist