Music and Worship

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

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Worship at Saint Andrews

10:30am WOrship, in person and online

Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God. In worship, the people of God acknowledge God is present in the world and in their lives. As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed. In worship, the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world.

Sacraments We Observe

Our sacraments are outward signs instituted by God to convey an inward or spiritual grace.

Baptism

Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s covenantal love. It is a statement of God’s claim on us, and shows our attention to live as God’s own.

“Baptism is the bond of unity in Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, we are made one with Christ, with one another, and with the Church of every time and place. In Christ, barriers of race, status, and gender are overcome; we are called to seek reconciliation in the Church and world, in Jesus’ name.”

Book of Order W-3.04, 2019/2023, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Lord’s Supper

Everyone is welcome to partake in the Lord’s Supper.

“The Lord’s Supper enacts and seals what the Word proclaims: God’s sustaining grace offered to all people. The Lord’s Supper is at once God’s gift of grace, God’s means of grace, and God’s call to respond to that grace. Through the Lord’s Supper, Jesus Christ nourishes us in righteousness, faithfulness, and discipleship. Through the Lord’s Supper, the Holy Spirit renews the Church in its identity and sends the Church to mission in the world.”

Book of Order W-3.04, 2019/2023 Presbyterian Chruch (USA)

Gathering of people inside of a church

Music Ministry

Like its members, the practice of worship at Saint Andrews is varied and diverse, reflecting the wide range of stylistic possibilities contained within Christian tradition. Within that diversity is a focus on reformed theology that gives unity and consistency to all of our worship activities.

In its music and liturgy, weekly worship at Saint Andrews is blessed by the committed participation of its many talented and skilled members. It is further enhanced by its connections with the bountiful resources of Raleigh’s faith and artistic communities, including members of the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Ringers and North Carolina Master Chorale. Saint Andrews seeks to add to the living corpus of Christian art as its worship regularly includes premiers of new sacred compositions.

Members have opportunities to serve in worship through the spoken word, music, creative arts and assistance with worship technology. If you want to learn more about or are interested in participating in any of the ministries listed below, contact our Interim Director of Music Ministries, Pepper Choplin.

Chancel Choir

The chancel choir is an SATB ensemble that leads music during our worship services. Drawing upon the rich musical traditional of sacred choral repertoire from past and present, the choir sings weekly anthems, leads congregational hymns and provides other service music as well.

Additionally, the choir presents larger choral works in worship. The choir is active during the academic year and is off during the summer. Rehearsals are held in the choir room at 7:00pm on Wednesday nights. Childcare is available with advanced notice.

All are welcome to join the choir, regardless of experience. The choir is directed by our interim director of music ministries, Pepper Choplin, and accompanied by pianist/organist Catherine Hamner.

Music for Children

Children have opportunities to learn, serve and connect at SAPC through our Children’s musical ensembles:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our children’s music schedules have changed. The singing ensembles have paused until further notice. Please call our office for more details.

Cherub Ringers

Directed by Erin Glendening, the Cherub Ringers begin to learn basics of music and movement, fundamentals of music reading and rhythm through ringing hand chimes. Ringing in worship 4-5 times per year, our children learn to play many well-known hymns. This ensemble is open to children in Pre-K through first grade. Rehearsals are on Sunday in Room 5 at 11:15am.

J.A.M. Ringers

Directed by Erin Glendening, the J.A.M. Ringers, open to children in second through fifth grades, build off of the foundations learned through participation in the Cherub Ringers. Ringing hand chimes in worship 4-5 times per year and learn pieces drawn from the sacred children’s handbell repertoire as they continue to hone skills such as rhythmic accuracy, music and movement and reading musical notation. Practice is in Room 5 on Sunday mornings at 9:00am.

The Bells of Saint Andrews

Saint Andrews maintains a vibrant handbell tradition through its adult bell ensemble, The Bells of Saint Andrews, directed by Nancy Phillips. The ensemble rings in worship 8-10 times per year and in occasional concerts. 

It also draws upon the great wealth of knowledge and skill through the regular participation of members of The Raleigh Ringers, one of the premier handbell ensembles in the United States. The ringers perform on a 5-octave set of Malmark bells and a 5-octave set of Malmark hand chimes. Rehearsals are typically on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm and the group generally rings in worship once a month.

The Organ at Saint Andrews

The sanctuary of Saint Andrews is home to a 3 manual, 35 rank pipe organ (Opus 2010, installed in 1992) built by Schantz Organ Co.

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