Music can be a powerful vessel for spiritual connection and a vehicle for growth- in musicianship, in faith, and in community. A wide variety of music in worship allows both participants and listeners to experience their faith in new and meaningful ways.
Psalm 108:1-3 "My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of You among the peoples."
The vocal groups at Herndon UMC cover wide variety of age groups and musical styles-- everything from contemporary to classical, the Connection Band to the more formal Wesley Choir. Herndon UMC also offers a hand bell and chime ensemble group for nearly any age or experience level. These groups provide music during worship services, occasional GIFT Dinners and concerts. The annual Spring Mission Concert helps raise funds for one of Herndon UMC's mission projects. Explore here to learn more about each of the different opportunities.
Herndon UMC offers singers and instrumentalists of all ages the opportunity to share their musical gifts with the congregation through Special Music offerings during worship services throughout the year. A holiday favorite is the Christmas Orchestra which includes performers of all levels and is usually held the Sunday before Christmas. If you are interested, please contact Shannon Wise.
HUMC's Music Ministry also brings in outside artists to perform. Check back here and under Featured News to learn about upcoming events. There is usually no charge for these events, but donations are appreciated. All proceeds support future concerts or selected missions of the church. Past Concert Series performers include US Navy Band Country Current, the Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble, the Rainier Trio and the Voices of Youth.
On Sunday, May 20, our three handbell groups and the One Accord children’s choir performed a concert for the residents at Arbor Terrace retirement center. This annual tradition was a great way to put Gary’s sermon theme of “Go!” from that morning’s worship services into action!
This year’s Spring Missions Concert was held on Sunday, May 6 and was a huge success. The program featured all of our Herndon UMC performing groups as well as several soloists and over 20 cast members of Herndon Middle School’s production of “The Lion King, Jr,”.
$2,268 was raised to support the Comfort Cases mission. Worshipers attending Mission Sunday on June 17 will actually pack the Comfort Cases.
Special thanks go out to the United Methodist Men for providing the burgers and hotdogs for the dinner!
After eight years as Music Director here at Herndon UMC, I again find myself humbled by the talent and generosity of the musicians who so willingly share their time and talents in order to enhance all three of our Easter worship services.
- The gifted instrumentalists Erica Hirt and Christy Sullivan shared a beautiful duet at the Saturday evening, casual service.
- The Wesley Choir offered uplifting anthems and sang their hearts out during the "Hallelujah Chorus" at the 9am, traditional service. The Chancel Ringers lifted our spirits with their joyful ringing. Our wonderful brass players, Greg Smith, Ken Sullivan and Bill Miller filled the Sanctuary with festivity during our Easter hymns and Jacob Reeves helped enrich the sound by bringing the timpani over from Herndon HS and playing for us.
- The Connection Band filled Doe Hall with praise filled worship songs to lead the Resurrection celebration during the 10:30am, contemporary worship service.