Music is an important part of CTK’s ministry. Ensembles regularly provide musical leadership on Sunday mornings. Occasionally, they provide music for other events. Musicians are invited to be a part of CTK’s music program. Instruments, strings, winds, and keyboardists are engaged regularly in worship.
CTK’s Musical Groups Include:
- Handbell Choir
- Children’s (Youth) Choir (click the image below to watch the video from a performance on Sunday, August 20)
A message from Mark Gould:
Each year I ask the question, “Why sing?” Or “Why ring?” Or “Why play an instrument at Christ the King?” Each year seems to get busier and there are plenty of distractions that leave us wondering, “Is there anything that I want to add to my already full plate?”
Before one could appeal to your response of faith to all God’s blessings and grace. Wouldn’t you want to sing God’s praise with others? After all, we have the biblical mandate, “It is good to sing praise to our God.” (Psalm 146:1) “Praise God with trumpets, harps, lyres, drums, dancing, harps, flute, cymbals (and by extension hand bells)!” (Psalm 150) Making music in praise of God was getting ready for the eternal, heavenly choir where we can praise God with angels for eternity.
Now one has a better chance of a positive response to an appeal to a more immediate return on investment. Borrowing from an area church musician, John Paradowski, I will share his list of “Health Benefits of Making Music!” I might retitle it as “Why making music is as beneficial as a workout at the Y.”
The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological:
1. Singing and ringing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the bloodstream and exercises major muscle groups in your upper body, even while sitting.
2. Your body produces “feel good” hormones called endorphins, which rush around your body when you make music which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being.
3. When people make music together they feel an increased sense of community, belonging and shared endeavor.
4. Good breathing practices increase lung capacity, improves posture, helps to clear respiratory tubes and sinuses and increases mental alertness through greater oxygenation.
5. Boost immunity by promoting the healthy lymphatic system.
6. Lowers blood pressure (most of the time).
So to sum it all up, improve your well-being, keep calm and sing/ring for joy!
We have opportunities for all ages to be engaged in singing, ringing and playing instruments from age 8 to 80 (and beyond). See music coordinator, Mark Gould (email@example.com) or come on out on September 13th when our Wednesday rehearsal schedule kicks off. Hand bells meet from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. The adult (including high school youth) choir meets Wednesdays from 7 to 8.30 p.m. Children will rehearse as a choir Sundays starting September 17th from 10.30 to 11.00 am. All God’s children got a place in our choirs. Make a present and eternal investment in the community, better health and last but not least, praising God who gave you the breath and voice.
To participate in an ensemble, contact CTK’s Music Ministry Coordinator, Mark Gould, visit us at a rehearsal or feel free to reach out to an ensemble member. Rehearsals are regularly noted in worship bulletins and newsletters. You can also find them listed on CTK’s calendar.
Christmas Lessons and Carols:
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 at 6 pm – the community is invited!
Featuring Handel’s “Messiah”, Hebrew, English, Norwegian, and German Carols around the World.
Theme: “Come, Savior of the Nations, Come.” Choirs, Bells, and distinguished guest soloists!