Collect for Church Musicians and Artists:
“O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” BCP page 819
One of the “disadvantages” of being a small church like Epiphany is that we don’t have enough members to organize a choir. Somebody joked that if we got a choir together, there would be more people in the choir than in the congregation. Yeah, that’s about right. But there’s a reason “disadvantages” is in quotes. At Epiphany, we don’t let our small size keep us from enjoying beautiful music; it’s just that we all produce it. We love to sing, and many of us sing fairly well, so we pay lots of attention to congregational singing. Most of our music comes from the 1982 Episcopal hymnal supplemented by other hymns well-known and popular throughout God’s Church.
There’s another thing. For those accustomed to singing in church sanctuaries with carpeted floors and cushions in the pews, singing in the nave at Epiphany is a revelation. If we do say so ourselves, and we do, the nave at Epiphany is about the sweetest room for congregational singing this side of the pearly gates. We don’t use an organ. Our piano accompanist, Esther Hart, is a treasure of talent and discipline, and we are proud she’s one of us.
Music at Epiphany is a gift God gives us, and we enjoy unwrapping it every Sunday. We need you to come make the party complete.