“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
Inspired by the lead of scripture, combined with Luther’s passion and the guidance of the Spirit, music has long been a central part of our worship tradition at HSLC. We join in enthusiastic singing together every Sunday, and all members are encouraged to develop and share their musical talents. You are invited to be part of the music life of the congregation!
Music Video Recordings
To view videos of past musical performances, visit the Music Video Recordings page.
Adult Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir practices in the sanctuary on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00 pm. Anyone who likes to sing is warmly invited to be a part of the choir. More importantly – no experience is necessary. We teach the music and the basics of singing in a group. We generally sing at one or two services per Sunday and take one Sunday off per month. We also prepare and present a seasonal concert, usually during Advent. If you are interested in joining or have any questions about choir, please contact our director, Eric Peterson through the church office. We’re a very supportive and encouraging group of men and women — plus we have a lot of fun!
Cantors and Vocalists
At Holy Spirit, our cantors are singers who help to lead the people’s song in worship, usually at services when the full choir is not scheduled. We often are in need of individuals to serve the congregation in this capacity. In addition to helping lead congregational song, cantors often also share vocal solos in worship, or are combined to sing duets or small vocal ensembles. There are many opportunities to prepare and present vocal music at our weekly and special occasion services, and from time to time at weddings and memorial services. Rehearsals are scheduled individually as needed, currently often on Thursday afternoons and evenings. If you are interested in exploring opportunities to serve as a cantor at Holy Spirit, contact John Sparkman.
Holy Spirit’s dedicated group of adult and senior high youth handbell musicians, the Spirit Ringers, play on five octaves of Schumlerich handbells and three octaves of Malmark hand chimes. This fun group of ding-a-lings rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 in the sanctuary. Music is shared in worship by the group about once a month, and selections include original compositions for bells as well as hymns, songs, and a wide variety of music arranged for handbells. All spots are filled at the moment, but more ringers are always needed as substitutes! Contact director John Sparkman if you are interested in ringing!
Our ensemble will rehearse on Sundays this year. New brass players are VERY WELCOME to join, whether you just started playing or if it has been a few years. Contact John with questions.
NEW THIS YEAR! The Compassionate Ringers
This choir of beginning ringers is open to both adults and youth. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings following Koinonia Kitchen from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. This group will introduce the basics of music reading and bell ringing. Uncomplicated music will be offered in worship when the choir is ready and confident; probably about once a quarter or every six weeks. Contact John with questions and to sign up to participate.
NEW THIS YEAR! The Spirited Strings
HSLC will combine several string players who regularly (or semi-regularly) play solos in worship into an ensemble this fall, and players are VERY WELCOME to join! Scheduling is to be determined upon availability of those in the group. Known string players have been invited, but if you play and haven't heard from John, please contact him!
Children in grades 3 through 6 are invited to participate in Holy Spirit’s 3-octave beginning bell and chime choir for kids, led by Malia Johnson. Fundamentals of music notation and bell ringing are taught, and the group performs several times a year in worship and at other special congregational events. The group rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 pm in the conference room. Visit the Children's Music page to learn more about Joyful Ringers.
Jubilate is Holy Spirit’s multi-age children’s choir for children ages 4 - 2nd grade with age-appropriate songs and activities. We learn songs, explore instruments and play games that introduce and reinforce musical skills. Along the way, we discover the different seasons of the church year and Bible stories. New children are always welcome and parents are invited to stay and participate along with their children. Jubilate shares music in worship several times during the church year and the choir meets together on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:00pm. Reach out to the group’s leader John Sparkman with any questions.
The psalmist wrote, "Praise God with trumpet sound; Praise God with harp and lyre. Praise God with tambourine and dancing; Praise God with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise God with loud cymbals; Praise God with resounding cymbals." At Holy Spirit, we seek to follow the psalmist’s instructions joyfully, and incorporate instruments frequently in worship. Dancing Lutherans are in desperately short supply, however – let us know if you can help with that! The congregation is fortunate to have many talented musicians in the congregation, and we are always actively seeking out the gifts of others. Players of flutes, strings, brass, percussion, and keyboard all frequently share music, either as soloists, duets, mixed ensembles, or along with vocal and bell choirs. People of all ages are warmly welcomed to explore sharing your instrumental talents in worship! Rehearsals are organized individually based on schedule needs and availability. Contact John Sparkman to find out more on how you can contribute to the instrumental community at Holy Spirit.
Sounds@Spirit Concert Series
Holy Spirit hosts a monthly music concert series featuring a wide variety of community musical groups, many with direct ties to the congregation. Concerts are held on the 4th Sunday of each month at 4:00pm from September through April. Events are free, nursery is available, and events last approximately an hour. Click here for more information.
Music in Education
Both our Sunday School and Vacation Bible School curricula include music components. Please contact the directors of those ministries if you are interested in putting your talents to work in helping organize, teach and/or lead the music portions of those programs.