Handbell Choir

Savior of the Nations, Come
The handbell choir rang a beautiful setting of Savior of the Nations, Come on Sunday December 16th at the 10:30 AM liturgy. The hymn which dates to the 4th century and is attributed to St. Ambrose has shaped Advent worship for Christians throughout the ages. In 1523 Martin Luther prepared a literal translation
of the text for his German speaking community. Later, J. S. Bach wrote four organ settings of the plain-song tune and included the melody in Cantatas 36 and 62. The hymn remains a staple for Lutheran Advent worship. Join us in hearing the beautiful melodic melody of this Advent hymn and add your voice in singing
Savior of the nations, come; Show the glory of the Son!
Every people, stand in awe; Praise the perfect Son of God.
The Ringing in of Christmas
10:30 AM Sunday December 23
Bells have been rung throughout the centuries to mark both solemn and joyful occasions. At the conclusion of the liturgy on Sunday December 23 the members of the Handbell and Cantabile Choirs joined forces to ring in the joyful season of Christmas at St. Paul’s. The bell peal began with the tolling of the largest handbell and tolled other bells, tone chimes and suspended chimes adding to a rich cacophony of sound.  After the peal had time to joyfully announce the end of Advent and the beginning of the Christmas season the organ was added and introduced Joy to the World!  Voices were added joyfully singing together with thoughts focused on the birth of our Savior. It was a combined liturgy so the entire St. Paul’s family of faith could usher in the Christmas season together.  Beautiful!

Handbell Choir – Emily Reep – Click for Biography

The Adult Bell Choir consists of members ages 12 and up. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the new Music Suite on the first floorRehearsals began September 6, 2018 and go through mid May 2019.  There are no practices during the summer.  We currently have members ringing our full five octaves of handbells and four octaves of handchimes. The choir usually plays for services once per month and most major feast days of the church year.  The Bell Choir also often accompanies psalms, hymns, and vocal anthems. Members enjoy utilizing many different bell techniques and playing pieces which incorporate various instruments.

We have several vacancies that we need to fill in order to continue ringing our full 5-octave set of bells.  Students in 7th grade through adults are welcome to join. If you can keep a steady beat; and have any prior musical experience (even it was long ago), please consider giving bell choir a try.  If you are interested in joining or have questions regarding the bell choir, please contact Emily Reep.