Music and Worship
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. Psalm 98: 4-6
Music is central to the worship life of First Presbyterian Church. Music is chosen to support and reflect the sermon theme and texts of the Sunday morning services. First Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities for members and friends to become involved in music ministry.
The Chancel Choir is the service choir for the 11:15 traditional worship service and special services, September through May. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7-9pm and Sunday mornings at 10:30am. Childcare is available during rehearsals. Contact Derrick Parker for more information.
This team leads worship during the 8:45 contemporary service and special services throughout the year. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 6:45-9pm and Sunday mornings at 7:30am. Childcare is available during rehearsals. Contact Derrick Parker to set up an audition.
An intermediate handbell choir. This group rings once a month and special services, September through May. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm. Contact Diane Doughty for more information.
This choir is comprised of children from grade 1-6. They sing at both worship services and special services, October through April. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm. Contact Catherine Hessler for more information.
This volunteer ministry supports the worship services by running a computer program which shows the lyrics, scripture and other slides. If you have computer knowledge and are detailed oriented, contact Catherine Hessler.
In 1992, it was decided that the 80 plus year old ESTEY organ had reached the end of its service to the church. It would cost too much to rebuild it and bring it up to modern Tonal specifications. Under the guidance of Dr. John Ellis and Dr. Lee Garrett, Schantz Organ Company was selected as the builder for this 4 manual and 64 rank organ. The facade and case designed by Schantz architect Eric Gastier, contain pipes of polished Tin and Zinc. The main manual chests are sliders with electric "pull-downs". The instrument is multiplexed, has 99 levels of combination memory and full MIDI capabilities. Tonal finishing was under the direction of Burton Tidwell, Tonal Director and R. L. Husley, tonal associate.