Advent - Lessons and Carols - Christmas Eve - Christmas Day - Epiphany! Wow!

We are so blessed at St Paul - so many musicians came together to enhance and strengthen our worship experience.
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This was a spiritual experience - the music was wonderful!  This was the most beautiful Lessons and Carols I've every experienced!  The Women's Ensemble that sang on the 15th of December sounded like angels - especially the Magnificat and Breath of Heaven!  The Joyful Noise Ringers Handbell Choir was fantastic! Their music brought such life to worship! Breath of Heaven by Bella Musica was so beautiful - it brought tears to my eyes.  Every time I hear the Magnificat, I am inspired to pray. It was deeply moving. The Magnificat for Lessons and Carols had me in tears.  Where did you get that Anthem? When He Comes on that Day brought the service to a new point of life!  The Messiah Chorus (And the Glory of the Lord) was so beautiful, it was a worship experience within i…
This weekend, we finish the Church's year - with Christ the King Sunday. On December 1st, after the Thanksgiving holiday, we begin the new year with the first Sunday of Advent.

On Sunday 11/24: Our Celebrate and Sing Kids will join the 8:30 Choir to bring music to worship. The songs include Jesus Loves Me & Thankful for the kids, with the 8:30 Choir singing a lovely rendition by K Lee Scott of King of Glory, King of Peace.At 9:45, Donna Derrick will lead the musicians and congregation with beautiful music, including a solo during communion, O Lord, You're Beautiful.At 11:00. Flautist Mallory Berley will provide communion music with It is Well and accompany the hymns. The Joyful Noise Ringers Handbell Choir will accompany the Hymn of the Day and open and close worship with prelude & postlude: Come Christians, Join to Sing by Sherman & O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts, arranged by Deacon Kathleen Cartledge. The 11:00 Choir brings a festive air to our Festival Christ the …
We are half way through September! How did that happen?

Many of us are so busy this time of year, and its hard to believe that we are half way through this month! This is a wonderful time of year for the music ministry of St Paul as we leave our Summer Schedule and begin more rehearsals with more time spent on beautiful music.

This year, we continue to support other artists in our community - like the Aiken Civic Orchestra, under the baton of Adam DePriest. They practice at St Paul as scheduled, and our community has a richer and fuller music life because of musicians like this - who work on presenting their music in many venues, offering up excellent experiences.
Sunday, September 15th, we welcomed Leondra J., this year's St Paul Choral Scholar for the 11:00 Choir from USC Aiken. She is a Soprano and did a lovely job on the solo on Amazing Grace by D. C. Huff in worship that day. We are thankful to have Leondra with us this year!
Last year's Choral Scholar, Levi A. will be w…
Music at St Paul 

As Martin Luther said, Music is indeed a precious, worthy and costly treasure given by God.  We are thankful for this gift, striving for excellence in all that we sing, play or do, to the Glory of God and to share God's love and mercy with the world. Notes on Sunday, September 8, 2019 Today's hymn of the day at our first and third worship services is "Take My Life, That I May Be" - set to the Calypso tune of TOMA MI VOLUNTAD at 8:30 and to PATMOS at 11:00. This text can be found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship No. 583 and 685 and dates back to 1874. The prelude at 11:00 is a Partita written by Deacon Kathleen Cartledge on the setting of Hymn No. 685: Take my life that I may be, consecrated Lord to thee; take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise. Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my King; take my lips and let them be filled with messages from Thee. At 9:45 the Response Song of the Day is Lead Me To the Cross - a deep refle…