The Church's treasury of music began already in the old testament as we find Moses and Hannah singing songs proclaiming the mighty works of the Lord and His salvation. It continued with David, arguably the greatest composer in the Bible, and his Psalms of repentance and praise. The Lutheran Church in particular has a rich history of using music to both teach the faith with hymnody and deliver Christ's gifts of Word and Sacrament with liturgy. Our largest choir, the congregation, sings in each service to teach the faith to one another and to praise God, first with the Word he has spoken to us, and also with hymns written by the people through the ages to the present day. We also have special groups composed of both young and old who wish to "serve their neighbors" in the congregation using music.
Church Music Director: Mr. Christopher A. Loemker
Our Adult Choir sings regularly in the Divine Service. The choir sings anthems, psalm settings, hymn concertatos, and canticles to bring the Word of God set to music to the people of the congregation and to assist the congregation in praising God. We are always looking for people who want to serve their neighbors in the congregation with singing. Previous experience is always helpful, but never necessary! During school year months, the adult choir practices on Wednesdays from 6:50-7:50 PM in the school music room. During the seasons of Advent and Lent, rehearsal continues on Wednesdays in the church balcony from 6:00-6:50 PM. The choir sings 1-2 times per month and for some special services including a congregational favorite, the Christmas Cantata accompanied by member and guest professional instrumentalists. Audio recordings are often available for those who wish to practice more at home. The time commitment is about one hour per week, plus arriving early when we sing for services. Contact Zach Stegman at email@example.com or 618-344-3153 ext. 124 for more info.
The Handbell Choir plays anthems and accompanies singing 1-2 services per month during the school year. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:00 PM. If you are interested, please call 618-344-3151 or talk to our Handbell Choir Director Cheryl Urban.
Woodwind, Brass, String and Percussion instrumentalists at the High School level and above are encouraged to use their gifts in service to the congregation. Brass ensembles often help highlight festival services such as Easter. From soloists to large ensembles, instrumentalists accompany singing and provide service music based on hymns. Please contact Zach Stegman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-344-3151 x.124 if you are able to serve in this way.
Good Shepherd Lutheran School serves our congregation on Sunday moring with four different children's choirs. Children in 3rd-6th grade who do not attend Good Shepherd Lutheran School but do attend Public School Bible History/Catechism on Tuesday evening have a short choir rehearsal which enables them to participate with the school students in services. Each Children's Choir sings for 8 Sunday services throughout the school year. The school band also accompanies worship during National Lutheran Schools Week. Our Faculty Choir sings at the beginning of the school year and during National Lutheran Schools Week.
Our annual Christmas Cantata is a congregational favorite! It is held each year during the 12 days of the Christmas season (evening of Dec. 24th-January 5th). Our Adult Choir is accompanied by member and guest professional instrumentalists. As a service rather than simply a concert, congregational singing helps proclaim the coming of our long-expected Savior after the penitential days of Advent. Check the church calendar for the date and join us!