Music at St. Luke's
St. Luke's Youth Choir
Our New Youth Choir, directed by our Seminarian, Devin Rodgers, will be rehearsing on Sundays after the 10 AM Worship Service from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. If you would like to learn more, feel free to contact Devin Rodgers at: Jrodgers@ses.cdsp.edu
Please enjoy St. Luke's Youth Choir performing via YouTube by clicking the link below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGhQhzCVxOY
This clip features ourYouth Choir singing "The Servant Song" on Sunday, February 28, 2016 - as directed by Devin Rodgers.
Overview below provided by St. Luke's Youth Choir Leader & Seminarian, Devin Rodgers:
Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
In the words of the Psalmist, we’re going to be hearing some new songs coming from our children, as we are forming a new children’s music ministry! It is our hope that all of St. Luke’s would hold this new choir in your prayers as we begin rehearsing and performing at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. This ministry is important for many reasons and can have a big impact on the formation of our young people.
First of all it is important for children to take an active leadership role in our worship. As you may know, the word liturgy is derived from Greek and literally means “public work” or “the work of the people.” In terms of worship, the whole of the church community takes on the practice of prayer, praise and thanksgiving. Through this experience they will have the opportunity to not only lead, but also be formed through their offering of music making. Think of this as forming musical disciples!
Music is important for conveying and remembering scripture, in which we encounter Jesus as the living Word. Hymn singing and music making are ingrained in our identity as Christians and can be found not only in the Psalms, but throughout the gospels and epistles as well. Many of our most foundational theological thoughts and ideas were first taught to us through song. It is important to pass this tradition on to our youth.
Along with providing our young parishioners the opportunity to make musical offerings, we hope that our children will be exposed to diverse musical genres and backgrounds through this endeavor. As Anglicans, we recognize the importance of sharing in a rich sacred musical heritage that literally stretches around the globe. By singing and performing other cultures’ music, we learn a little more about the diversity in Christian expression and tradition.
Finally, I hope our kids will learn about community through the youth choir. As a lifelong musician, I have come to appreciate the camaraderie and friendships that were forged from my own participation in choir and music programs. Many of my lifelong friends were also my fellow choristers and bandmates. As Christians we are all part of the community of Christ. As Christian musicians, our children will have the opportunity to bring their gifts and talents into the midst of this community as an offering to God.
If you would like to learn more about St. Luke's Youth Choir, feel free to contact me, Devin Rodgers (at Jrodgers@ses.cdsp.edu ), St. Luke’s Seminarian, for more information. Typical rehearsals will be held following Sunday worship at 11:30 AM. Please help spread the word (and the good news about our new, youth choir) !!!
St. Luke's Youth Choir Leader,