Frequently Asked Question
What sort of music does St. Paul’s use in its services?
Music at St. Paul’s is carefully selected for each service. We employ The Hymnal (1940) of the Protestant Episcopal Church. While this hymnal is imperfect–as all hymnals are–it provides a rich selection of traditional hymns appropriate for liturgical worship. Occasionally, selections from other sources are used.
The purpose of music in the church is to aid in the worship of God, and our hymns are chosen because they affirm orthodox Christian doctrine, focus the congregation on the work of Christ, give glory to God, and are otherwise suitable for reverent worship of the Almighty. Church authority requires the pastor to suppress irreverent music in the services.
Most often, our congregational singing is accompanied by the organ. On some occasions, orchestral or ensemble accompaniment is used.