Music Making at Christ Lutheran Church

Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.   -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ensemble singing or playing not only enhances our weekly worship but also provides a deeply spiritual experience for the members of the choir or band.  Making music together lifts us and connects us with others in a spirit of cooperation and shared faith.   At Christ Lutheran we strive to fill our worship services with choral, instrumental and congregational music of the highest quality in a diversity of styles.

The CLC Choir leads the music at 10:00 am services and rehearses most Thursday evenings 7:45 to 9:15pm, September to June. We seek to include all interested singers of high school age or older.  There is no audition and while previous singing experience is helpful, it is not required for membership.  Some of our CLC Choir members are professionally trained musicians and some participate in Boston area community choirs.  Optional sessions in vocal training and sight reading are offered each week before the regular rehearsals.  Contact Tom Berryman ( for information about the CLC Choir.

During our 2016-2017, our repertoire has included:
Agnus Dei- Benjamin Britten
Alleluia, from Lobet den Herrn-J.S. Bach
Also, hat Gott die Welt geliebt-Heinrich Schütz
And the glory of the Lord-G.F. Handel
Before the marvel of this night-Carl Schalk
Begone, Satan-Jan Bender
Children of the heavenly father-Paul Sjolund
Christ the Lord is risen-Alice Parker
Climb to the top of the highest mountain-Carolyn Jennings
Come, I pray thee-Franklin Ashdown
Come, let us eat-Billema Kwillia/arr. Jonathan Campbell
Consecration-Alice Parker
Drop, drop slow tears-Orlando Gibbons
Erschallet, ihr Lieder-J.S. Bach
Esto les digo-Kinley Lange
From my heart springs a song-Joel Martinson
Giv mig ej glans-Jean Sibelius
Sheep may safely graze-J.S. Bach
I believe this is Jesus-Undine Smith Moore
If ye love me-David H. White
I have longed for thy saving health-William Byrd
Ionian Psalter-Peter Hallock
Jesu, joy of man’s desiring-J.S. Bach
Jesu, meine Freude-J.S. Bach
Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior-Paul Bunjes
Jesus, gentle savior-Elliott Levine
Jesus, Sun of Life-G.F. Handel
Lay up for yourselves-Ned Rorem
Lift up your heads-G.F. Handel
Lift up your heads-Peter Niedmann
Lord, here am I-Stephen Paulus
Lord Jesus, think on me-Derek Healey
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis-Michael Praetorius
Excerpts from The Melodious Accord Hymnal-Alice Parker
Noel, we sing-D’Aquin/DeCormier
O, for a shout of sacred joy-Alice Parker
O Lord of light-Michael Schwandt
Of the Land and Seasons (a liturgy in Appalachian style)-Stephen and Beth Folkemer
Our Lord is risen with flag unfurled-Hugo Distler
Praise to the Lord-Cindy Favreau
Psalm 96-Johann Schein
Rise, Shine!-Dale Wood
Sure Foundation-Mark Hayes
The Lord is my shepherd-John Rutter
Their sound is gone out-G.F. Handel
Thou shalt know him when he comes-Mark Sirett
Total Praise-Richard Smallwood
Ubi caritas et amor-Ola Gjeilo
We all believe-Robert Weaver
What can it mean that Jesus is arisen-Robert Weaver
When I survey the wondrous cross-Henry Mollicone

The World Band is an ad-hoc ensemble that was formed to accompany our newer hymns that originated in folk traditions from countries outside of Europe.  Band members are ages 14 and up who have some musical experience and a sense of rhythm! We play small percussion (including, yes – cowbell), hand drums, stringed instruments and a few woodwinds, to create a sound that hearkens back to the traditional instruments of countries like Brazil, Nigeria, Korea, Chile and more.

In the spirit of traditional music-making, we generally do not use sheet music—instrument parts are created during two rehearsals before each service we lead. We tailor the accompaniment to the available musicians and instruments–lead sheets and part cards for guitar and percussion, and the hymnal page for those playing melody, like violin and flute. Pretty low key!

Contact Gail Weston-Roberts ( if you’re interested or have questions. At this point, all percussion instruments are supplied by the ensemble director – but if you have your own, by all means bring it!

The CLC Handbell Choir rehearses on Thursdays, at 6:45 pm, using a fine three octave set of Malmark Handbells.

-open to high school aged players and older
-some music reading familiarity is helpful
-monthly for Sunday service playing
-occasional playing in the greater Natick community
-please contact Kim Petot for more information about playing

Solo Music Making:   Members and friends of Christ Lutheran, young and old, are invited to share their talents during Sunday worship.  And during our 2015-16 season we have appreciated lots of solo and ensemble playing: cello, viola, violin, flute, clarinet, piano, trumpet, trombone, oboe, recorder, guitar, mandolin, banjo, accordion, percussion.  We not only appreciate the solo playing, but we put our instrumentalists to work in helping to lead hymns and liturgy.  Please contact Tom Berryman (  to explore opportunities.

Sunday Sweet Sounds

Guest and member musicians offer occasional short concerts following our Sunday Morning Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall.  This year Sweet Sounds has included
Andrew Avalos, clarinet
Anders Carlson and cast members of Into the Woods
Chris TenEyck, trumpet
Joan Ellersick, viola
Heidi Braun-Hill, violin
Maria Hedberg, flute
Anders Carlson, Scott Carlson, Jim Nail and Gail Weston-Roberts, fretted strings
Tom Berryman, piano

Silent Movies, with live, improvised music

Christ Lutheran is proud to feature an annual silent movie night with Rob Humphreville, piano.  Don’t miss the next performance on Saturday, February 3 2018.

Sing For Joy!

To reinforce our weekly scripture readings, have a listen to Sing For Joy from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College, has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently “do the talking,” while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.