Music and Worship at Brookhaven UMC
"Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him! Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully and shout for joy!" - Psalm 33:1-3
The purpose of our music and worship ministry is to glorify God through our acts of public worship and to help all of us to grow in our faith and discipleship through acts of worship and devotion. Though it is a mere facet of the worship experience, music is a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries of society, very important for an active ministry. Some scholars refer to music as a vehicle that transports the listener to a reverent state of mind. Composer Johann Sebastian Bach's definition explains the true purpose of church music: "The ultimate and final purpose of all music should be for the Glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir at BUMC is a small, but dedicated group of fun-loving, sincere musicians. The choir is non-auditioned and is constantly seeking new voices. The choir performs a wide variety of music under the direction of Don Jones.
The choir rehearses in the education building on Wednesday nights from 7:30-9:00. Come join us!
The Guitar Choir
Brookhaven has a unique ministry in our guitar choir. The group performs hymns that are suitable for a folk guitar ensemble, either as anthems, communions meditations, or congregational worship such as El Shaddai, They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love, In the Garden, and Amazing Grace. The group meets at various times throughout the year to prepare for worship, and is led by Charlie Duncan. Contact Don Jones for more information. New members of any level of experience are welcome!
The Handbell Choir
Handbells are an integral part of worship and add a sense of history to any music ministry. During the middle ages, the cathedral was the focal point of the village. Each day, the bells tolled announcing worship time for the villagers. Handbells were invented to aid in change-ringing practice. It was easier because handbells are much smaller and softer than their tower counterparts. Brookhaven United Methodist Church is beyond blessed to own a 4-octave set of Schulmerich handbells.
Handbells rehearse seasonally based on the needs of the worship ministries. Contact our music director, Don Jones, to become a part of this group. No experience is necessary – if you can count to four, you can learn to play handbells!