"Those Who Sing to God Pray Twice" - Saint Augustine
Rehearsal Schedule September to June
Thurs 6:15 pm Hand Bell Choir
Thurs 7:15 pm Adult Choir
Sun 9:15 am Adult Choir
Music plays a very important role in worship and fellowship at Second Baptist. There are several musical groups in the church and all are welcome to come to a rehearsal at the times listed above. Most Sundays our Adult Choir offers two selections of contemporary, classical or traditional liturgical music. Youth (ages 14-17) are welcome to sing with the Adult Choir as well. We often sing contemporary or folk music on the fourth Sunday of the month. Occasionally, the children of the Sunday School also sing for the congregation, having rehearsed during the Sunday School hour. The Hand Bell Choir performs beautiful arrangements on the third Sunday of the month. On occasion, the Hand Bell Choir accompanies the worship music during Sunday service. During the summer soloists, duets, instrumentalists and small groups share their musical gifts.
Special musical events fill our calendar, such as the annual Community Christmas Concert, which includes community performers of all ages, and an annual Music for Spring Concert. Instrumentalists occasionally accompany the Adult Choir on a Sunday, and we sometimes have a Jazz Band in worship. It's great fun! Our Easter Sunday worship service features The Royal Brass Quintet, and the church has hosted several other classical and folk musicians. In the Spring of 2007 we were delighted by an interactive global folk music concert for all ages where wonderful stories of the underground railroad and the environment were shared.
To celebrate our 200th Anniversary in May 2005, a local musician, Dan Kehoe, composed an extremely special and unique piece entitled "Journey Suite", a classical interpretation of Second Baptist's rich history set to music for choir, handbells and orchestral ensemble. It is set with dramatic presentations. There are five movements including Liberty, Spirit, Meditation, Prayer and Revival. You can listen to Journey Suite in MP3 format by clicking here. Composers' notes are also available on each movement.
Our Music Ministries aren't all work! Our rehearsals are fun and spiritually uplifting, and we have two grand parties: an annual Christmas gathering and a picnic at the end of June.