More than 500 years ago, church reformer Martin Luther wrote: “I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.” At Faith Lutheran Church, we agree with Martin Luther! From the organist and choir, to the contemporary service band, to the handbell choir, to a singing congregation, music is a key avenue through which God is praised in worship. And, special musical events throughout the year round-out our desire to share the gift of music with the community.
Committed in the Spirit, BOUND together in Christ.
The Contemporary Service band, BOUND, is a group of volunteer musicians who share their time and talents playing instruments such as the keyboard, drums, guitar and bass guitar, as well as, vocally. BOUND performs a wide range of contemporary Christian music and some well-loved hymns. The music selections for each service are chosen to complement and enhance the message of the day.
Faith's adult choir sings for the 9 a.m. service each week, September – mid-June; they lead in singing the hymns, the liturgy, and provide an anthem. The choir rehearses each Sunday following 9 a.m. worship, and anyone who enjoys singing is invited to participate. In 2016, this choir won the WCLV Church Choir Festival Competition which involved church choirs from all over Northeast Ohio.
Faith at Four
This is Faith's concert series, which generally holds its concerts on Sundays at 4 p.m. All concerts are free to the public, and donations are accepted. Three area groups call Faith home base: Akron Baroque Orchestra, Singers Companye, and Crooked River Chorale. These groups generally perform 4 or 5 concerts a year. Additionally, Faith's organ has been showcased in recital by some of the finest organists in the world.
This group of 12 to 15 ringers is open to anyone. Faith owns 5 octaves of Schulmerich hand bells, and three octaves of Schulmerich hand chimes. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and typically provides special music during worship 8 to 10 times per year.
Faith is very fortunate to have a magnificent four-manual hybrid pipe/digital organ in the sanctuary. It started out as a 32-rank Schantz pipe organ, created in Orville, Ohio in 1969. Then in 2014, the Schantz was refurbished, and the Rodgers Organ Company installed a new console, adding over 400 additional digital voices to the original Schantz instrument, including a new antiphonal division mounted on the back wall. The marriage has been very successful!