Music Ministry

Music is an integral part of worship at Benson Memorial. It is a way to express praise and thanksgiving to God. In addition to congregational singing of traditional and contemporary hymns, the worship services include classical and gospel sacred anthems presented by the Adult Choir, soloists, and ensembles. Special music is provided for both worship services on Sunday. Benson Memorial has a children’s choir, youth and adult chime choirs, and a brass ensemble. The music programming also includes guest musicians, special concerts, and more. Musical talent abounds and new members are always welcomed. Please contact Director of Music Mary Elizabeth Hearn.


 

You are invited to hear our Chancel Choir present a service in song, "Let There Be Christmas", a cantata by Joseph M. Martin, Sunday, December 15, at one combined service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

 

From the foreword, by Joseph Martin:

In one great crescendo of purpose, the season of Christmas sweeps us into its arms with an unfettered flourish of festivity. The glare of this explosion of activity often overshadows the fragile light that is the spiritual center of this sacred time. Simply, and with unexpected gentleness, Bethlehem's star flicker to life like a candle in the winter wind just when the night is longest. It kindles in the open heart a deep hope that warms and illuminates. It is by this dancing light of promise we discover the miracle of the season. Emboldened, we are drawn close to the manger. By this candle of faith, we see the child of god, wrapped in the simple, the Creator embraced and held by His own creation. It is this glorious impossible that proclaims:

 

Let there be SONG ... as a young mother's lullaby becomes a symphony of praise that wakes the nations.

Let there be FAITH ... as ancient scrolls unfurl to reveal the living Word of God.

Let there be HOPE ... as the promise of a Redeemer opens like a sacred rose in the soul of the believer.

Let there be PEACE ... as the Spirit descends like a Dove with healing in its wings.

Let there be LOVE ... as the world feels the embrace of God's perfect light.

Let there be JOY ... as our cup of worship overflows with thanksgiving.

Let there be WONDER ... as each seeker's eyes reflect a glory that melts away doubt and reveals the treasure of belief.

Let there be GRACE ... and discover the heart of God.

Let there be CHRISTMAS ... and let the music of life begin and never end!


Our Music Programs

Chancel Choir

Chancel Choir meets weekly on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m., and we invite you to join us. New voices are always needed and welcomed. Music brings such joy and satisfaction to our lives. As music is one of God’s many gifts, could you imagine life without it? Come and experience the joy of singing with us. Please contact Director Anne Jenkins.

Chancel Chimes

This group is open to teens and adults who are interested in playing hand chimes in an instrumental ensemble. Ability to read music is helpful but not required. The group plays in worship services once a month. Chancel Chimes meets from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays in the sanctuary from September to early May. Contact Director Jennifer Riggert.

Joyful Noise Choir

Our Children’s Choir meets on the second and fourth Sundays immediately following the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Children ages 3 through 5th grade are welcome. Rehearsals begin in September (date to be announced soon). Please contact Director Karyn Bryant.

Instrumental Ensemble

Comprised of teen and adult string, woodwind and brass players, this group plays in worship services once a month. Those who played in school are encouraged to dust off their instruments and rekindle their skills for God’s glory. Rehearsals are every other Monday, 5:00 p.m., September through May. Contact Director Jennifer Riggert.