St. Matthews prides itself on a strong music ministry being central to our worship life. The Lutheran tradition of congregational hymn singing and liturgical music highlights scripture texts, organ music adds character and depth to the church season, and the experienced Adult Choir leads songs of praise.
If you would like to hear some of our recent musical selections audio files have been posted to the Special Music page. Additionally, some brief video clips of our services have been uploaded to a newly activated YouTube channel.
The historic pipe organ which graces the rear loft with its pipe facade majestically standing across the back of the sanctuary was originally installed in 1915. It was rebuilt by the Quebec firm Casavant Bros in 1943, designed and dedicated by Healey Willan, a notable figure on the Canadian organ scene in the 20th century. The rebuilt organ moved the set of chimes to the newly created echo division which was installed beside the pulpit but played from the main console at the back. This 1943 instrument was comprised of 52 stops and 2,658 pipes. A renovation project in 1992 added 300 new pipes for two additional stops on the four manual instrument.
Wooden facade pipes (non-speaking) and carved wooden angels were placed in front of the echo organ and above the original location of the baptismal font (on the other side of the chancel). The angels symbolize the call of the trumpet at the end of our time. The angels were made by the Globe Furniture Co.
The Adult Choir leads sung portions of the service, including hymns and anthems at all Sunday morning worship services from September to June. From time to time the choir participates in other outreach events, particularly the Advent Carol Service which has been a highlight of the First Sunday in Advent for many years. The choir welcomes new members and rehearses on Thursday evenings.
The Youth Choir gathers younger singers from the Sunday School and others who enjoy singing together. Children who are able to read are welcome to join this choir. This group tends to rehearse after Sunday School on Sunday mornings.
The Celebration Bells are a group of handbell ringers who enhance our festival services on an occasional basis. Regular rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings. Some knowledge of music notation is helpful to participate in this group. Techniques for ringing with precision and musicianship have been mastered by this dedicated team which together manage up to 37 bells.
For more information on any of our musical groups, please contact Deacon Scott Knarr at 519-742-0462 x 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.