The "Cantor" in the Lutheran church is the leader of the people's song.  This is somewhat related to the use of the word in the Catholic and Jewish traditions.  Typically, in Lutheran churches, the Cantor leads the hymns and songs of the gathered assembly by playing an instrument, such as organ, piano or guitar, and through the leadership of ensembles, such as choirs, handbell choirs, and instrumental ensembles.

At Grace, we are blessed by the worship leadership of many dedicated musicians in our Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir, assisting cantors, and various instrumentalists.  Here are some of the opportunities to praise God with music at  Grace Lutheran:

 

Chancel Choir

·         Sings Sunday 10:30 service Labor Day through May (with a 4-6 week winter break after Christmas)

·         Rehearsals are Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00 and one hour before service we are singing.

·         New members are always welcome and needed, and you may leave choir for a portion of the year for travel, etc. 

·         We wear servant robes (albs) to show we are there to serve the assembly as leaders of the singing, and we participate in processions to signify the people's entrance into God's presence during the liturgy.

 

Summer Choir:

·         Rehearses at 8:30, before the 9:15 service

·         Does not robe or process. 

·         If you are curious about choir, summer choir is a great place

          to try it on a week to week basis.

 

Special Event Choirs

·         Easter Vigil, Christmas Midnight, and other special concerts and feast days

 

Assisting Cantors

·         Lead the sung portions of the liturgy (such as the psalm and Gospel Acclamation), especially in services when a choir is not present.