Music and the Arts
We believe music is one of the greatest gifts God has given us to experience his love and express our love back to him. We also believe all the creative arts are meant to give God glory and reflect his beauty and wonder. The Worship and Arts ministry at Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Church is meant to help us develop and use our creative gifts for God’s glory and to extend his Kingdom. We are growing as a community of creative leaders and love to support each other in using our gifts to serve God.
Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Chancel Choir
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord" (Psalm 100)...
When was the last time you sang? I don’t mean in the shower or in your car, but with family or friends – belting out a song for all you’re worth. Probably in church, if at all, since the reality is that we don’t have many opportunities for community singing.
"He who sings, prays twice." - St. Augustine.
Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Chancel Choir is an ensemble of singers whose primary ministry is the leading of the musical portions of the liturgy.
"I will sing with the Spirit and with understanding also" I Corinthians 14:15
On a weekly basis, the choir prepares liturgical music and anthems. We greatly enjoy and uphold the Lutheran choral tradition but are also adventurous. We experiment with the ancient as well as current music, mantras, chants, and choral repertoire in diverse styles. We strive to prepare Christ-centered music from a variety of historical periods and traditions, sung in English, Latin, and other languages. We also have the special treat of singing with accomplished instrumentalists: flute, oboe/English horn, violin, viola, cello, string and brass ensembles.
It is a delight to hear what can be accomplished when choir members, support, assist, and encourage each other during rehearsals. Whether you are a member or a friend of Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran, we warmly welcome soprano, alto, tenor, and bass or “I don’t know” voices!
During the regular program year, the choir sings for the 9:30am service. We also lead/participate in the Advent/Christmas service, the celebrations of Christmas Eve, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday. The Sunday morning call time is 9:00am. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Please contact Doug Shabe, Minister of Music or call the Church office. We would love to have you join us!
Handbells are beautiful to the ear and captivating to the eye. Adults and youth are invited to be part of the Handbell Choir. There is no age limit to participate in this very rewarding experience. Weekly rehearsals are on Monday Evenings at 7pm. Contact Bonnie Henry, for details.
To get started, the ability to read music is a plus, but not necessary as instruction is always available during rehearsals. Handbells add a spiritual musical dimension to our worship experience, and are played for preludes or as accompaniment to anthems.
It is a marvelous opportunity for those interested in expressing their desire to become musically involved beyond singing
Music of Grace Concert Series
Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Church annually presents the Music of Grace Concert Series. The series enhances and increases the musicality of Hill Avenue Grace, as well as serve as a magnet for local and professional musical talent.
The Series provides people in Pasadena and neighboring areas with the opportunity of added appreciation for music and the performing arts. The acoustics of the Sanctuary, and the sound of our beautiful Steinway piano allow audiences to lose themselves in the beautiful music.
Concerts are scheduled in groups, and are held on Sunday at 3pm. Contact the church office for upcoming dates, or to participate!
We invite you to attend the reception in the Narthex, where you may share the love of music one-on-one with your friends and the performers.