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Our traditional Sunday worship service is held in our Sanctuary, built in the late 1920s.

It is a traditional Lutheran Communion service that draws upon the riches of 2000 years of worship. Our sanctuary houses a three manual 45 rank Casavant pipe organ and a Schimmel grand piano which support all components of our worship.

Our Music Director, Daniel Howe leads the musical aspects of the liturgy with a Chancel Choir, Hand-Bell Choir, Recorder Ensemble and professional guest musicians throughout the year.

The rich traditions of Lutheran music focus not merely on performance of the church musicians, but are also grounded in the full participation of the congregation. We follow the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the ancient Ephesians to “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”

Indeed, we sing the psalms in many ways and the most employed manner is by chanting them on a Psalm tone while adding a musical antiphon throughout and the Gloria Patri (“Small Doxology”) at the end of the psalm.

Our hymnody ranges from Gregorian Chants, the hymns of Martin Luther with isometric meters all the way to contemporary songs and hymns by modern day composers and world music sources.

During the liturgical year, there are seasonal services that enhance our faith and the music helps to convey the tone during those worship times. We have hosted Vespers-Concert Series during specific liturgical seasons and Feast Days (Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, All Saints Day and Christmas Eve). We’ve also hosted a music education Saturday Seminar Series which have included renowned pedagogues in both vocal instruction and hand-bell instruction.