Worship and Music


"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us." - Martin Luther

Music at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carlisle

Music plays an important part in the worship life at St. Paul. Traditional church music centers around the 4 manual, 55 rank Zimmer tracker (mechanical action) pipe organ which has been augmented by adding a second digital console in the rear balcony with an additional 30 digital ranks, making it a majestic instrument to lead the singing of hymns and liturgical music. The organ is used at both Sunday morning traditional liturgical worship services. At the 8:00 a.m. service the organ is the primary accompaniment instrument; at 10:45 the traditional music is supplemented by St. Paul’s Praise Band with praise choruses and other music accompanied by keyboard, drums, guitars, bass, and synthesizer.

Music During Traditional Worship Service

The Senior Choir leads worship at the 8:00 a.m. Sunday traditional service. This choir is open to all ages of people who like to sing four-part SATB choral music. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings in the choir loft and Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in room 201. No audition is required and everyone is welcome to sing on a regular basis or as time in each person’s schedule allows. To participate, just attend one of the rehearsals prior to singing.

Music During Contemporary Worship Service

St. Paul’s Praise Band leads worship at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday traditional service. This group is by audition only, but we are always looking for both singers and instrumentalists, and additional groups are formed as talent permits. If you are interested in performing contemporary praise music, contact the director for more information.

NEW PRAISE MUSIC: This year at the 10:45 services during Lent, the praise band is introducing some new songs for the season.  If you would like to familiarize yourself with these songs or use the for your own Lenten meditations they are listed below.   You can find them on YouTube by simply typing in the title, or you can check out the videos below.

Additional Music Groups at Featured at St. Paul

Children sing in worship on a regular basis. Rehearsals for the children occur during the Sunday morning Sunday School hour within the Sunday School class.

St. Paul’s Bells provide handbell music on special occasions, usually during the season of Avent/Christmas and during the season of Easter. The handbell choir rehearses from October-December and February-April each year. Because the nature of handbell music requires everyone to be at attendance in order to rehearse, a special weekly commitment is essential to be part of the handbell choir. Contact the director if you have an interest in learning to play the handbells. We’re always looking for more members.

St. Paul’s Brass is a brass quintet that provides music for worship on all Festival Sundays. St. Paul’s Brass is also available for weddings and other occasional music including non-sacred musical events.

Come Share Your Music Talent With Us Today

Instrumentalists are welcome to participate in the worship life at St. Paul. If you have a special talent, play the trumpet, flute, violin, or any other instrument and would be willing to share your talent on a given Sunday morning, please contact Bill Hemminger, the Director of Music.

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