Worship should be at the core of any church and so it is at Christ Episcopal Church. Music is an essential part of the liturgy and heritage of Anglicanism; and that history and tradition is fully embraced at Christ Episcopal Church. The role of music in the ministry at Christ Church is paramount. The dedicated offering of time and talent by our faithful choir members makes our worship joyful and meaningful. Over the years we have had a series of excellent organists and choir directors and with Lynn, our present musician and director, the tradition continues. The search for those who love to both sing and serve leaves plenty of opportunity to grow with our choir.
Our worship at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays is almost always Rite I and at 10:30 a.m. almost always Rite II with Eucharistic prayer A or B. The alternative prayer forms in the prayer book are sometimes used and have been well received.
Lynn Gardner is serving her second stint as organist and choir director having retired as such after 27 years in 2002. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with the Episcopal liturgy and her respect for the church calendar and tradition results in music which enriches our worship and pays particular attention to festival and holy days.
The 10:30 a.m. service features preludes and postludes by organist on the organ and/or harpsichord and the choir leads the congregation in service music and psalms with special presentations during offertory and communion. Christ Church has an adult choir directed by the organist/choirmaster.
Originally formed from parishioners and friends for the purpose of playing at contemporary Eucharist services this group of musicians, who love traditional folk/acoustic music, have become a fixture at many church functions providing joyful sounds to enrich our fellowship. Contemporary music provides an alternative choice of music for worship and is offered at the 10:30A service approximately once every quarter. To honor Episcopal tradition, the Rite II Communion Service is used in conjunction with the music. Practice is held at 5:30P on the last Wednesday of each month in the undercroft. The contemporary music service is led by Will Zimmer on guitar with various other instrumentalists.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II