Thursdays, December 6, 13, & 20 at 7:00 pm
The holiday season can stir deep emotions within each of us. We await the arrival of Christmas with joy and excitement, but we can also be filled with grief and worry. Thankfully, our God meets us wherever we are. Using the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer service, our Advent worship this year gives voice to the complex situations and emotions with which we greet the coming Messiah and ponders the reactions of those who first received the news of Jesus’ birth (Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds). These services acknowledge responses of fear, confusion, doubt, and curiosity, while helping us remember that the coming of Jesus promises comfort and joy for all of us.
Thursdays, December 6, 13, & 20 at 12:00 pm
The holiday season is a complicated time. Though jolly and joyous in many ways, these weeks bring many extra responsibilities that can leave us feeling overwhelmed or anxious. If you’d like to take a moment to breathe and get your spiritual bearings, swing by Starbucks at 640 Shunpike Road (across from the Shop-Rite) between 12:00 and 2:00 on one or more of the Thursdays in December to chat with Pastor Christa and connect with others who might be there too.
How Can I Keep From Singing?
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” – Martin Luther
Our Music Ministry purpose is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through music and to touch hearts through the experience of song. Our organist and choir lead the congregation in heartfelt musical worship to give Glory to God. The congregation sings songs of praise, thanksgiving and consecration from our songbook with selections from across the decades. You may enjoy traditional hymns played on the organ, contemporary songs played on the piano, and guest string or wind instrument soloists. We “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 98).
If you have any questions about Music Ministry and Gloria Dei, please feel free to contact our Minister of Music, Carol Beadle, at email@example.com
The choir members sing because they love music, they enjoy the fellowship, and it is a rewarding way for them to use their natural gifts to praise God. The choir practices on Thursday nights from 7:00pm to 8:30 and Sundays at 9:15am, and sings each Sunday from September to June. In the summer, we enjoy the musical talents of vocalists and instrumentalists.
Youth of all ages are invited to sing during service various times throughout the year. The children (ages 5-12) sing together, as do the teens (ages 12-18) on important holidays such as Reformation Sunday, Christmas, Transfiguration, Palm Sunday, and Pentecost. The teens help to pick contemporary Christian rock songs that fit the celebration. Rehearsals are after service on the Sundays leading up to the celebration. All are welcome!
Rehearsals – After service on, Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30
Before service on Oct. 14
Sing – October 14
Rehearsals – After service on, Oct. 7, 14, & 21.
Before service on Oct. 28.
Sing – Oct. 28 (Reformation Sunday) – wear red
Rehearsals – After service on Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23
Before service on Dec. 24. Sing – Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)
Rehearsals – After service on Feb. 10, 17, & 24
Before service on March 3
Sing – March 3 (Transfiguration Sunday)
Rehearsals – After service on March 24, 31, & April 7
Before service on April 14
Sing – April 14 (Palm Sunday)
Rehearsals – After service on May 12, 19, & 26
Before service on June 9.
Sing – June 9 (Pentecost Sunday/Confirmation
For almost ten years our Music Scholars program has been a wonderful way to connect local high school and college students with our worshipping community. Each year several students, who receive a stipend to support their studies, add their talented voices to our adult choir.
Who: High school singers who have strong choral voices and read music well. (You do not have to be Christian.)
What: Vocalists are needed to enhance our church choir. Payment is $20 for a rehearsal and $25 for a service.
Where: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 300 Shunpike Rd, Chatham, NJ
When: Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm. Church services are Sundays at 10am with a 9:15am rehearsal. The choir only meets during the school year. Regular attendance is expected, but if you need to miss, we are understanding.
Why: Gloria Dei enjoys supporting young people with a professional and fun music opportunity that contributes to an inspiring worship service for our congregation.
If you are interested or have a questions, please contact our Minister of Music, Carol Beadle at firstname.lastname@example.org