Music plays a central role in worship at St. Paul’s. At Sunday service, hymns and anthems send forth the word in beautiful melodies and rich harmony. The congregation and choir join together in the chanting of the psalms and Gospel acclamations, and we honor the feast of the Eucharist with rotating liturgy settings from the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. The Schlicker organ in the sanctuary accompanies most elements of the service, and the preludes and postludes throughout the year seek to set the tone for the service and affirm the word that has been proclaimed. The choral offerings range from motets of the Renaissance to modern-day anthems. Through this varied repertoire, we celebrate the hard-working composers who have worked to unite God’s word with a meaningful musical setting, and we honor the Lutheran tradition of music as a fundamental means for worship and spiritual fulfillment.
Special services throughout the church year feature music in different lights. In Advent, a service of Lessons and Carols tells the Christmas story through scripture, choral anthems, and hymns. On Christmas Eve, the 5:15 service highlights youth music and also features the Bell Choir. The 10:30 service features the Adult Choir singing anthems both contemplative and festive. Holy Week brings the sung outdoor procession of Palm Sunday, the meditative sounds of Tenebrae on Good Friday, and, three days later on Easter Sunday, the joyful celebration of the resurrection, with brass and a full complement of singers and ringers.
Committed to supporting music in the broader Pittsford community, St. Paul’s offers space to many area music teachers for their private lessons and studio recitals. We host concerts for local groups like Publick Musick and Concentus Women’s Chorus. Every year for the Town of Pittsford’s “Candlelight Night,” St. Paul’s offers free seasonal music and refreshments to the community.