Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100: 1-3
Or, putting it another way –
|Our purpose:||To lead in the music of worship to the glory of God.|
|Practice:||Thursdays, 7:00 pm, Sept – June, in the McGregor Room|
The Church of Saint James the Apostle was established in 1876 as a small country parish in the Diocese of Ontario. The choir was formed ten years later, and in 1896 the parish became part of the newly established Diocese of Ottawa.The names of the early organists are intertwined with parish history. Among them was Miss Annie Tomkins (of the family after whom Tomkins Hall is named). She married Mr. Johnson Clapp, after whom Clapp Lane is named.
Over the years we have been blessed with caring and able choir directors and members who have helped to build and maintain a strong musical presence within the parish. We welcome new members and hope that they in turn will help to ‘lead in the music of worship to the glory of God’. The choir is a group of committed Christians, a part of the parish family, whose aim is to provide a musical setting for worship. When we sing at a service, we are not ‘performing’. In this context Saint Augustine said, “Anyone who sings, prays twice.” Of course we try our very best to be excellent musically, but that is only a means to an end; our efforts should reflect our belief, not simply a desire to perform at a high technical level.Most of the choir’s efforts are devoted to the Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord’s Supper, celebrated every Sunday. Every Eucharist is a remembrance and celebration of Easter; we commemorate Christ’s sacrifice in crucifixion and his resurrection.
The Choir family is a welcoming, supportive group. During the year we get together for two or three social activities such as a summer barbeque, pool party, Christmas party etc. We remember birthdays and other celebrations of our members; if anyone (or a member of their family) is sick, we make sure to send a card or flowers. We try to keep communications open by keeping in touch with members we may not have seen for a while.
As members of the wider congregation, the choir takes part in such activities as the parish picnic, garage sale and Christmas Fayre. Members of the choir also act as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers and in other worship activities as the service requires. Choir members also take part in community events such as Dickinson Days, Christmas in the Village and in the Manotick Musicale. We assist in fun/fund-raising for the Parish by putting on or arranging musical presentations. The Choir sees itself as a family within the family of the Parish of St. James the Apostle, Manotick, a loving, sharing, caring and inclusive community.
New members are always welcome. If you’re interested in participating, don’t be shy! Join us at one of our practices on Thursdays at 7:00 pm (September to June) or, during the summer, simply turn up on a Sunday morning in the McGregor Room for a short practice.