At Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, congregational singing is the core foundation of our music ministry. Hymns and songs in our worship include harmonic-based hymns, Taizé choruses, African-American spirituals, responsive psalms, worship songs of the global church, and music from Christian record labeled artists to songs heard in secular settings. Congregational song is led and accompanied by piano, guitars, percussion, and a variety of other instruments.
We use the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God, as our anchor and then branch out to explore further exciting ways to worship and glorify God in the twenty-first century.
Images of sacred and secular art and photography is projected during different times of the service that parallel the lectionary passages and themes of the day. The intentional use of art, drama and liturgical color is integral to our worship experience, knowing that people have differences in learning and ways of absorbing God’s word.
Children’s Choirs These ensembles are for children from rising K to 5th grade. A strong emphasis on singing and early basics of music theory are combined with art, biblical exposure, worship and liturgical education…and of course a lot of fun!
Our Children’s choir is not meeting this spring.
Bell Choir is an intergenerational group of dedicated ringers who play four octaves of Hallmark Bells and Chimes. This ensemble plays on selected services throughout the liturgical year. You do not have to be a member of this church to participate.
Thursday, 5:45pm-7:00pm from September to May.
Childcare is provided.
Singers and Instrumentalists (Garrett Saake, director) This group is comprised of youth and adults who sing and play at our 10:00am worship service and other special services throughout the Christian liturgical year. As a leader of song and melody in worship, this group’s mission is to encourage singing as a community of faith with sacred music which represents a wide variety of genres. This group sings anthems and hymns from Palestrina and Bach to living contemporary hymn and anthem writers such as Sally Ann Morris, John Bell, Thomas Troeger and Tom Shelton.
Instruments used in worship include piano, guitar, bass, percussion, accordion, banjo, mandolin, chimes, harmonica, glockenspiel, and harpsichord.
No musical experience needed and you do not have to be a member of this church to participate.
Thursday, 7:00pm – 8:30pm from September to May.
Childcare is not provided.
During the Summer months, (Memorial Day to Labor Day) we offer “Summer Worship Ensemble”
This group meets at 9:00am on Sunday morning.