At Emmanuel Episcopal Church, congregational, choral, and instrumental music is integral to our worship life. Through our music we are taught the Gospel, we are connected to God in some very special ways, and we express our love to God with our whole being, for making music engages our voices, hearts, and minds. Additionally, music as worship fulfills God's command (Ps. 26, Ps. 95, Ps. 100).
Our Music Ministry is driven by these seven purposes for music that is honoring to God:
The Purpose of Worship - "The whole assembly worshiped, the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished" (2 Chronicles 29:28).
The Purpose of Thanks - "Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on the lyre" (Psalm 147:7).
The Purpose of Rejoicing - "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody" (Psalm 98:4-5).
The Purpose of Consecration - "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts" (Psalm 139:23). "Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation" (Psalm 111:1).
The Purpose of Edification - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God" (Colossians 3:16).
The Purpose of Evangelism - "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:3).
The Purpose of Preservation of Faith - "One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate" (Psalm 145:4-5).
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is well known throughout the area as a center for musical excellence. In addition to Emmanuel’s own music program, the church serves as a venue for rehearsals and performances by many local and visiting groups and ensembles. The Music Ministry is a part of the church's Worship Ministry and includes the Adult Choir, the EEC Choristers children’s choir, and the Emmanuel Brass, all under the direction of André Strydom, Organist and Director of Music Ministries.
During the summer when the choir is in recess, Emmanuel is fortunate to have special music each Sunday provided by participants in the Bay View Music Festival, the longest continuously operating chamber music festival in the United States. Having these outstanding young musicians share their gifts is made possible through the generosity of Emmanuel members.
The wider Petoskey area is home to several instrumental ensembles, including the Great Lakes Chamber and Alpena Symphony Orchestras, Northern Symphonic Winds, and Northern Michigan Brass Band, and others. From time to time, these musicians are engaged for special services at Emmanuel, such as Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve when a brass ensemble participates in our worship musical offering.
The organ at Emmanuel, built and installed in 2008 by the Lauck Pipe Organ Company of Otsego, Michigan, consists of 25 ranks (both pipe and digital) spread over four divisions.
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is a Member of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).
As we use our musical gifts to glorify God and exalt Jesus Christ, we pray that our unified purpose will give testimony to our faith in Christ, and draw others into the family of God.
MUSIC SCHEDULE: JUNE 2020 - MAY 2021