If you are interested in music programs, you surely will be pleased with the opportunities at Carter. The Chancel Choir consists of thirty plus singers who sing for worship from September through June and present a broad spectrum of sacred music with meaningful texts that support the worship theme of the day. Ps. 96, a contemporary music ensemble, and the Handbell Choir each participate monthly in worship, and the Children's Choir participates several times throughout the year. Soloists and small ensembles participate in worship during the summer months.

Music Notes By Millie Beane, Interim Director of Music

Joyful RingersMUSIC NOTES

Human Relations Sunday this year is January 16th. The Chancel Choir sin "Precious Lord," written by Thomas A. Dorsey, understood by many to have been Dr. Martin Luther King's favorite hymn, and one which Mahalia Jackson sang at Dr. King's funeral in 1968. The Choir is planning to share this anthem for Needham's Martin Luther King Celebration which will be on Zoom on Monday, January 17th. Bruce Goody and Jonathan Moretz will share their music for the Prelude and Offertory on January 16th.

"Speak to My Heart," by J. Eric Brown, will be the Chancel Choir's anthem for January 23rd. The phrase "speak to my heart" means to comfort and encourage by speaking in terms that we can understand. The text of the anthem is a prayer to Jesus that He will provide that word of comfort to guide our daily living.

Also on January 23rd, the Joyful Ringers will play a piece that combines the hymn "How Great Thou Art" with the song "Majesty" in a setting by Stuart K. Hine.

Finally on January 30th, the Chancel Choir will sing a spiritual-like anthem entitled "Stop By, Lord," by Doris Wesley Bettis. This text is an invitation for Jesus to stop by and help us with the challenges we face. The repetitive message suggests a sense of urgency during these difficult times. PS 96 will share their music for the Prelude and the Offertory.

The Chancel Choir and the Joyful Ringers returned to our worship in September after many months. Many members of the congregation have told the musicians that they are very appreciative of the music that these wonderful groups provide for our worship. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our music ministry! Very soon, we hope to see and hear PS 96 as well.

Chancel Choir This vibrant choir meets every Thursday to rehearse in anticipation of weekly singing in worship. The SATB has recently performed works by Randall Thompson, Paul Basler, Felix Mendelssohn, and John Rutter. If you are interested in singing with the choir, please contact us.

Joyful Ringers This Handbell ensemble rehearses weekly following worship and plays in worship monthly during the non-summer months. For information about how to join the handbell choir, please contact us.

The Ps96 Ps96 is the Praise Band of Carter Memorial, and it leads music monthly in worship. For more information on the Ps96 schedule and on getting involved with PS96, please contact us.

Children's Choir The Children's Choir rehearses during Sunday School at various times throughout the year and performs in worship on special occasions such as Palm Sunday or Advent. For more information, contact our church office.

Messiah Sing Featuring a 12-piece Orchestra, every year during Advent, Carter Memorial hosts a Messiah Sing. The entire community is invited to sing with the orchestra and soloists in the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah and the "Hallelujah" chorus.