Sunday mornings are one of those times that sleeping in or lazing about with that second cup of coffee sounds pretty good - you know what I'm talking about, don't you? But the little voice that says ,"time to get in the shower or you'll be late for church" keeps whispering, so we forego the coffee or the extra snooze and get ourselves moving toward the door.
And it never fails - I walk into my Father's house and there is my family, always with a smile and ready to greet me. We share stories of the week, the good or bad news of our family, a good joke, what's coming up for us in the week to come. We share with smiles, laughter, caring and love for one another. In the choir room we get the (unleaded) coffee going, gather robes, books, music, stories and the right notes (hopefully!), and settle into a wonderful time of fellowship with each other. And it's always perfect. By now the extra snooze and the coffee on the porch are forgotten. This is the place to be, here with family, and I am glad to be here.
The choir door is always open, and anyone who wants to join is welcome! We are doing the cantata "The Christmas Story" by Tom Fettke for our Christmas musical offering this year, along with several new pieces from our own Tryon-based St. James Press publishing company. There is always a chair, music and a family available for you. Come on in!
Click on the YouTube videos below and enjoy listening to some pieces from the Chancel Choir's Cantata 2013. You can also listen to "A Closer Walk" , "O Magnify The Lord" and a special Veteran's Day 2013 Offertory " Look at the World" with Chancel Choir and Children's Choir.
Handbells have had a rebirth at Tryon United Methodist Church recently. We have ten ringers, some of whom are learning to read music as well as learning how to ring bells. These ringers are dedicated to and faithful in their service to make handbells a special part of our music ministry. We have just added a two octave set of handchimes that have brought an additional dimension to our ringing. We hope that we can add a third octave of bells and more ringers to the handbell program in the future. Our Hand Bell Choir performs at special worship services. We are under the direction of Wanangua Hartwell, an accomplished member of the Blue Ridge Bell Ringers.
Click on the YouTube videos below to hear selections from the TUMC Handbell Choir.
God just keeps showering our early service with such blessings!
We have been lucky to have some very talented youngsters help the band out on more than one occasion and we are continuing to grow, not only spiritually, but in new band members and returning members.
And we have another new addition! Mark McCall, Kevin’s Dad, is also sharing his musical talents with us.
In addition to father and son duo of Mark and Kevin McCall, we are now blessed to Kyle Seller’s daughter join us on keyboard and vocals. I also understand, from her Dad, that she can play guitar. She will a wonderful addition to our church family!
So all you musicians out there – young and young at heart- join us in praising and worshiping our generous and gracious Father! Practice is every Wednesday at 6 pm.