Ours is a singing church, a congregation that values creativity and an eclectic range of musical expressions. In worship, we frequently use rounds and three part songs and occasionally add descants and unusual accompaniments to enhance our congregational singing. People who wish to express their faith with voice or instruments will find a welcoming home here.
Our dynamic 30+ voice Church Choir, led by Music Director Pam McAllister, sings every Sunday, from September through June. The Church Choir is a source of fellowship at the heart of the church community, providing a place to harmonize with friends, learn new anthems, and sing old favorites.
The Church Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings for one crisp hour before church (9:45-10:45 A.M.). There are no auditions. Consistency of attendance, while desired, is not required. The time commitment is minimal, but punctuality is expected.
We welcome the creation of pop-up groups to support the passions of our congregants in various art forms. We currently have a Gospel Choir, Resistance Choir, and an “Arts in Worship” group.
PSUMC has attracted an array of musicians and music-lovers to our doors. Encouraged to participate, they perform as soloists, sing in small ensembles, or play instrumental music in worship (classical guitar, percussion, flute, French horn, trumpet, trombone, bowed psaltery, glockenspiel, steel drum, violin, viola, piano). PSUMC is also home to a number of composers. Conscious effort has been made to involve the many talented and generous people of this creativity-rich, musically-engaged congregation. Exploring our faith through a variety of musical expressions is central to worship at PSUMC, and we are indeed blessed.
PEACE BE WITH YOU
Rev. Kathryn Dickinson, PSUMC ordained minister, has continued to compose musical offerings collectively known as “Peace Be With you,” matching biblical and early Christian texts with persons in our community who are grieving. She has worked collaboratively with mourners and a range of musicians to compose songs which are then performed as offertories in worship. A church fundraising recital of these compositions offered to the public in January, 2017, was very well received.