Music

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” —Martin Luther

Music in the Lutheran faith tradition is not seen as an ornament or flourish to the liturgy and worship service, but rather holds an integral part in proclaiming the Word of God.

We believe that music invites everyone into the service of the liturgy, each participant bringing one’s own unique gifts and talents to the worship service. Our musical gifts help to proclaim God’s Word and adorn God’s sacraments. Above all, we use our music to glorify God.

Here at St. John’s we encourage all to be a part of this celebration.

For cultivating and using this art, we provide:

  • Various choirs and instrumental groups for people of all ages.
  • Opportunities for youth and adult instrumentalists and vocalists to lead and enhance worship.
  • Opportunities for participation in special programs on festival days, at concerts, and activities throughout the year.
  • Music in which all worshipers can glorify God in hymns, psalms, songs, and chants.

See Our Choirs & Ensembles page for information about St. John’s choral and handbell choirs and instrumental ensembles.

News:

  • Join us for the Bell Festival Concert, Saturday, May 20th at 4 PM. Come hear bell choirs from the Chatham United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church in Morris Plains, King of Kings Lutheran Church in Mountain Lakes, and St. John’s own Lutherringers performing solo and en masse! Jan Schopfer, solo ringer, will also perform.
  • Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday is coming up on June 4th, and the culmination of the music ministry’s program year on Trinity Sunday, June 11th.
  • Summer Music Sign-up Sheets are up! Musicians interested in sharing their music in worship this summer or serving as cantors are encouraged to sign-up at church or email the Director of Music. The “Bread of Life” liturgy returns at 10:30 AM, starting June 18th. Musicians interested in accompanying the liturgy should contact the Director of Music.

Photos by Michael Cook and Ken Bryson

Looking for information about St. John’s 2016–2017 Concert Series? Click here.

Want to explore more of what St. John’s worship, music, and community life are like? Visit us on YouTube and Facebook.

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