Soli Deo Gloria! (To God alone be the glory!) This is the inscription that J. S. Bach placed on each of his compositions and it is the prime motivation for the music ministry at Holy Family.
The music ministry at Holy Family exists to:
- • Enrich and facilitate our worship services;
- • Reinforce the scripture lessons of the day by presenting the texts in a musical setting;
- • Provide an ethereal bridge in communing with God, and
- • Lead the congregation in glorifying God.
Making sacred music is a joyful undertaking that calls for genuine dedication of both time and talent. We believe that it is our sacred duty to offer only the very best of classical and contemporary literature, while avoiding the influence of contemporary fads.
During the sung services at Holy Family, the congregation is highly participative and not an audience to be entertained. Spoken and sung liturgy, prayers, and hymns are essential avenues of expression for every Christian. With this in mind, the choir is merely an extension, albeit in a leadership role, of the congregation in offering praise to Almighty God, our only audience.
We hope that you will take the time to explore the connections offered on this site and learn more about the music ministry at Holy Family. Our prayer is that you will be blessed by what you learn and that you will join us, or offer prayer or logistical support to our ministry as we raise our praise to God.
The Parish Choir is made up of about 25 dedicated volunteers with all levels of musical experience. The choir sings at the 10:30 A.M. service every Sunday and for special services assigned throughout the liturgical year. Rehearses every 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7:00 P.M. every Sunday at 9:15 A.M.
The Parish Schola is a highly skilled chamber choir of singers selected from the ranks of the Parish Choir. Its primary responsibility is to sing Choral Evensong during the school year when the Parish Choir is not assigned and other feast days as assigned. Rehearses Wednesdays, 8:45- 9:30 P.M.
The Parish Folk Choir is a group of about 15 singers who provide less formal music for several services throughout the liturgical year. Rehearses on an ad hoc basis before each service assigned.
Holy Family has a handbell choir that provides special accompaniments throughout the liturgical year as assigned. We need more players, so if you are interested, please call the church office today.
The Austin Organ: Holy Family is fortunate to have the only true pipe organ in Pickens County, Georgia. Our 1947 Austin Organ was generously donated at the time of the building of the current nave. The organ speaks from the level above the choir gallery and provides support and accompaniment for the choir and congregation as well as solos in the form of voluntaries.
Schulmerich Bells: Holy Family has a three-octave set of Schulmerich Handbells, given in memory of Judy Sanger and in honor of Linda Vickery. The Sanger-Vickery bells are used on special occasions to enhance the musical offering (such as during the “Gloria” in the Great Vigil of Easter. We have several handbell ringers in our parish, but we need more players. Call the church office today if you are interested.
- Holy Eucharist, Sundays at 10:30 A.M.
- Taize Service, First Monday of each month, 7:00 P.M.
- Choral Evensong, Third Sunday of each month, September through May, 3:30 P.M.
- Services for various feast days throughout the liturgical year.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Psalm 98:4