t. John’s is blessed with a robust Music Ministry! Music plays a major role in both our traditional and contemporary services.
The weekly Traditional Worship Service at St. John’s features congregational singing, choir, and soloists accompanied mainly by organ. Piano is also used frequently, along with many instrumentalists such as flutes, trumpets, trombones, French horns, and timpani. Our pipe organ is unique. It is a 36 rank “tracker” organ—the only tracker in our area. It was built almost 40 years ago by Wilhelm Zimmer of North Carolina. The organ has about 1,600 individual pipes, some as small as one half-inch, and some as long as 16 feet in length. The longest pipe is visible in the center of the organ case in the balcony. It almost touches the ceiling!
Our traditional worship service uses various liturgies from the Lutheran Service Book (hymnal) published by Concordia Publishing Company. Since starting to use this book in 2008, the congregation has sung over 550 different hymns—quite a variety. On an average Sunday, the traditional worship service features music from a very wide time span—usually from about 1700 through early 21 century, with an emphasis on composers who are still living.
The Senior Choir sings at most worship services during the academic year (August through June). The Adult Handbell Choir plays about once a month, and on festive days. Both groups practice on Thursday evenings. We also have soloists, small vocal ensembles and instrumentalists sharing their talents throughout the year. From time to time we are blessed to have one or more of the school’s choirs sing or play as part of our worship services.