—Thomas Merton, Monk and poet (1915-1968)
We believe that music serves to glorify God, to magnify God’s word, and to unify and inspire. First Congregational Church has a long and storied musical tradition, with choral and congregational singing, instrumental music, and a range of musical styles. We are blessed with a talented organist, Jeffrey Mead, who graces our historic pipe organ (C.B. Fisk, opus 50, 1969)
The Senior Choir sings at our 10:00 a.m. worship services, weekly from September through June. We are a warm, welcoming, and committed choir of about 40 singers; we welcome newcomers. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 PM and Sunday mornings 9:15 – 9:45 AM.
The Carilloneers are a mix of experienced and beginning ringers who play throughout the church year. We have five octaves of bells and enjoy making “a joyful noise to the Lord.” Adults and high school students are welcome. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
The Stepping Stones children’s choir sings during the Christmas and Easter seasons and on Stepping Stones Sunday in early June. Older singers and instrumentalists in grades 7-12 are often recruited to sing or play on special occasions or with our Senior Choir anytime.