Music & Worship
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness – Ps. 96:9
Music is one of the pillar ministries of St. John’s. Hallmarks of the liturgical and sacred music traditions of the Lutheran Church place a strong emphasis on reverence toward the liturgy, excellence in choral music, virtuosic organ music, congregational singing, hymnody, versicles and psalms, and the use of chant. Martin Luther regarded music as vital to evangelical worship and wrote, “next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Luther’s Works, vol. 53, pp. 323. A prolific hymn-writer, Luther viewed hymns as tools for teaching church doctrine, proclaiming the faith, scriptural edification, and giving thanks to God. Music of great Lutheran composers stemming from this tradition, such as Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude, and Johann Sebastian Bach, continues to define and shape Lutheran identity.
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful present God has given us.”– Martin Luther / (Source Unknown). In this spirit, St. John’s robust music series provides an important outreach to the greater San Antonio community in hosting local, national, and international performers of the highest caliber through its First Friday Noontime Concerts, Vespers liturgies, and St. John’s Music Series. Dr. Jennifer Seighman serves as Music Director & Organist.
St. John’s Choir provides music for Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist and performs in the Parish Music Series. The choir consists of professional choral scholars and highly skilled volunteers of high school age (10th grade) and older who learn music quickly and are interested in enhancing the worship of God through singing. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. If you would like more information about joining or auditioning to be a choral scholar, please contact Dr. Seighman.
St. John’s Choristers, comprised of singers age 9-15, will provide music for Sunday 10:00 am Eucharist approximately once a month. They rehearse from 8:30 – 9:00 am on Sunday mornings as part of Sunday School each week. New friends are always welcome to join us.
St. John’s now offers two music series: our long-running First Friday Noontime Concert Series and a new St. John’s Music Series & Vespers that punctuate the year and emphasize the liturgical season. More information is available by clicking the links below.
October 24, 2021
South Texas Symphony Orchestra & SA Choral Society, Rutter: Gloria
November 5, 2021
Erin McAdams, soprano & Mark Alexander, accompanist
November 7, 2021
Austin Baroque Orchestra, Fernando y Bárbara
November 27, 2021
San Antonio Choral Society & Sonido Barroco, 7th Annual Charity Messiah