Music Is A Gift From God
Its role in worship is biblical as far back as the people of Israel singing after their escape from the Egyptians (Exodus 15). The Psalms are rich testimony that in joy and sorrow the faithful raise their voices in song to God. Jesus and his disciples sang hymns the evening of the last supper (Matt. 26:30).
Music is a meaningful and often powerful part of our worship and faith building mission at Our Saviour’s. Music is created, performed and enjoyed by all ages and experiences.
Diane Pearson our Director of Traditional worship works with the Pastors to select music and liturgical texts that support the biblical theme for the week. Diane works with vocalists, instrumentalists, soloists or ensembles from our congregation to prepare music for the worship services.
*All Choirs are suspended while restrictions for indoor and communal singing are in effect and the safety of the participants are compromised. Choral ministry will resume at a later date.
Under the direction of Lin Warren this choir is made up of adults and high school students. The singers meet weekly and share their music throughout the year at worship services and celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, and Easter. This choir is full of enthusiasm, energy, and a willingness to try new things. Lin and his robed singers look forward to exposing fellow worshippers to new styles of music with the goal of enhancing the overall worship experience for all. Contact Lin
Good News Gang
Directed by Alison Lohmann this group is for children in grades 1 – 6. This group meets on Wednesdays to practice. The children raise their voices in song during worship services throughout the year. This group spends their rehearsals learning correct singing techniques, spending time talking about the importance of music during worship, building our friendships, and having lots of fun. Contact Alison
God’s Little Angels
This choir is a great way to encourage preschool and kindergarten aged children (our youngest, sweetest voices) to get involved lifting their voices to the heavens. The children have fun learning about God through song and sing in worship several times each year. Contact Director
Jubilee Ringers – Handbell Choir
This group enjoys participating in a musical ensemble that contributes a unique sound to the worship experience. These volunteers consist of people who are either learning to ring handbells or have already mastered the ringing technique. Everyone is welcome!
The bell choir music selections are made based on the theme of the Sunday worship service and on how it may engage the listener in their worship experience. Both traditional and contemporary music are part of the bell choir’s music library. The bell choir enjoys collaborating with the Chancel Choir and other musical instruments to add depth and musicality to the different style of music the bells provide.
The bell choir plays at scheduled worship services, along with special services throughout the year.
The bell choir utilizes 5 octaves of Malmark Handbells and Choirchimes®. There is also a 4-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells available for use. Each set has its own unique characteristics and qualities.
Kathy Hardy has been the director at Our Saviour’s since 2014, previously having served as handbell director at Eastern Heights Lutheran, St. Paul, and Memorial Lutheran, Afton. She enjoys working with the people of Our Saviour’s and the hardworking group of individuals who come together for their shared love of music and service. Kathy finds great joy in sharing the music that the bell choir brings to the worship service. Contact Kathy
The New Creation Band leads worship under the direction of Jason Craft, (keyboards, accordion). Additional music ministers at this service include Lonnie Menard (guitar, viola, vocals), Seth Duin (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Nick Fox (vocals, guitar, banjo, and auxiliary percussion), Matt Blackford (bass, guitar), Paul Woog (drums, percussion, vocals). The band also loves to feature many talented local special musical guests on a regular basis throughout the year.
The band works together to lead the congregation in contemporary worship. Musical genres at this service include contemporary Christian, gospel, jazz, rock, bluegrass, folk, traditional hymns, and country. This group prides itself on offering a variety of musical selections with a meaningful message designed to provide a deeper worship experience. The band enjoys interacting with the Hastings community during the Rivertown Days parade, Hootenany, other community outreach events, and an end-of-summer concert at the pavilion at Levee Park. Each member is grateful for the opportunity to share their music every week and thankful for everyone’s support and participation throughout the year.
WoW Worship Band
The Worship on Wednesday band leads our Wednesday evening services under the direction of Mike Borash (keyboards and vocal), Paul Woog (drums, percussion, vocals) and students, Blake Zak (vocals, guitar) and Owen Bakker (bass). This mid-week worship opportunity coincides with the gathering of our God+Life students at Our Saviour’s, and to reflect this, the Worship on Wednesday band enjoys the addition of current high school students to participate and gain valuable musical leadership experience. Each week, these students are included in the planning, rehearsal, and performance of a variety of musical styles. If you are a student or know of one who would like to share musical gifts with our Wednesday night services, please contact Pastor Joel.
There are also many special events and services throughout that year with opportunities to share your gifts and talents.
Technicians are needed throughout the year to work the sound board at Worship services. We provide training for anyone interested!
Learn more about Our Saviour’s music programs or join a group.
“…and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God.”