THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC
Worship is at the heart of the life and mission of First Presbyterian Church of Monroe. Through participation in our choirs and music programs, all ages are encouraged in a joyful faith in God. Singing in a choir, ringing in a bell choir, playing a wide variety of instruments in a supportive and creative environment, our participants are trained to be leaders in worship. In addition, the fine arts, drama, and visual arts ministries provide numerous opportunities that enrich our faith journey.
UPCOMING MUSIC EVENTS
Keeping a Holy Lent
|March 1||Ash Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
Remember that thou art dust, and to dust you will return.
Clergy and Choir lead this service of scripture, prayer, and singing.The imposition of ashes is followed by Holy Communion.Music from Taize’ and anthems by Stainer and Althouse will be sung.
|March 5||Holy Communion Sunday
The first Lenten Sunday begins with the Gospel story of Satan temptingJesus in the wilderness. Harpist Mary Vincent will play two Bach pieces, and the Choir will sing “Lord, I Stretch My Hands to You” by Jay Althouse.
|March 12||Jesus Encounters Nicodemus
Our Lenten Series continues with Nicodemus asking questions of Jesus. Jesus answers him with some of the most famous words in scripture. The Choir sings “God So Loved the World” by John Stainer.
|March 19||The Samaritan Woman at the Well
Our Liturgical Players will enact this meeting between Jesus and the woman at the well, and Jesus tells her about “Living Water.” The Choir will sing “Down to the River to Pray,” an Appalachian folk hymn, and the Sanctus Bells will play . An original hymn has been written by Dr. Kidder for each Sunday’s theme.
|March 26||Jesus Heals the Blind Man
We learn about spiritual blindness and Jesus, “the balm of aching wounds. The Choir Sings “It is Well With My Soul” by Craig Courtney and two Liturgical Players will read the poem, “Blind Insight.”
|April 2||Lazarus and Jesus
Another miracle is performed by Jesus when he brings Lazarus back to life. This will be interpretted in a liturgical dance by dancer Isabella Ingels and flutist Douglas Stewart playing Bach’s Flute Sonata No. 2, Siciliano. The Choir will sing “My Soul Will Triumph” by David Resnick.
|April 9||Palm Sunday
The Choir sings the African American Spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus” arranged for four-hand piano and choir. The service begins with festivity with the procession of palms and ends with solemnity as we enter into Holy Week.
|April 13||Maundy Thursday
The Last Supper is celebrated. The Choir will sing “A Lenten Prayer by Hal Hopson and the Church is stripped.
|Arpril 14||Good Friday
Good Friday Service will be held at St Paul’s Methodist Church. Our two choirs will join together to sing “Come to the Shadow” by Joseph Martin, “Three Crosses of Shame” by Lloyd Martin, and “And Can it Be?” by Dan Forrest.
He is risen! Our Easter morning will be joyfully celebrated with Brass Quartet, Handbell Choir, andSanctuary Choir.