The first place we encounter music at St. Patrick’s is during worship services. Sunday worship is enhanced and enlightened by presentations prepared by our Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, and Handbell Choir. These groups meet weekly through the program year to learn music — written in many different styles and in many different centuries — keyed to the lectionary and the season. The choirs participate not only in Sunday worship, but at special services during Christmas, Lenten and Easter seasons. Our 5:30 evening service usually includes a pick-up band which leads the singing for more casual worship.
Individuals also share their vocal and instrumental ability on Sunday mornings, and at our annual Talent Show, which raises funds for medical missions. This event includes performers of all ages, even the occasional puppet, and is lots of fun.
The activity doesn’t stop in the summer, however. Vacation Bible School always has a strong musical component. Last year our VBS team taught music and the gospel to more than 70 children. And once again St. Patrick’s musicians helped lead a packed U2Charist at Dublin’s Annual Irish Festival.
Finally, the children take the lead with our Christmas Pageant, which serves as Service of the Word at the 5:30 family-friendly service. All carols included in the tableau-style presentation are performed by St. Patrick’s children and youth.