Sunday Morning Worship

At CBC we are fortunate to have the experience of blended music—contemporary and traditional—as we worship each Sunday. This means that our elders and pastoral staff appreciate the musicians who use their instrumental talents (guitars, drums, keyboard) to lead us in contemporary praise songs which are fresh, doctrinally sound, and God-centered.


At the same time, our worship music is balanced with the singing of traditional and time-tested hymns of our faith—some which are many hundreds of years old, but still resound with themes of God’s faithfulness and deity.


We do not have a traditional choir each Sunday, but instead have contemporary songs and a praise team comprised of talented individuals who love to sing, play musical instruments, and share their God-given talents. The vocalists rotate from week to week, giving many individuals an opportunity to serve. 

Seasonal Offerings

Twice a year we bring together a choir to produce seasonal musical offerings:


CHRISTMAS

On the second Sunday evening in December each year, a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is held, following the pattern of the service held annually since 1918 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England (more information). From 2001 to mid-2016, this program was directed by Shirsten Dreyer, a member of Grace Fellowship Church. She has taken a break from directing and we have had several other directors fill the role since. The vocal and handbell choirs have been open not only to persons at CBC, but anyone in the community who is not part of a church body that has a choir. Over the years it has become a time-honored tradition for the community, as we present the story of the incarnate Christ coming to Earth as an infant to become the Savior of the world. This is accomplished through the reading of Scripture, beginning with Lesson One and the Fall in the garden of Eden, to Lesson Nine from the book of John and the unfolding of the great mystery of the Incarnation. Lessons are interspersed with musical offerings—choir, handbells, solos, instrumentals.

EASTER

Since 2005, the vocal and handbell choirs have provided a Tenebrae service on Good Friday evening. This is a very special Service of Darkening, which uses music and Scripture to take the audience to the Crucifixion of Christ as everyone exits in darkness and silence. This allows us to ponder the great sacrifice made as we await the glorious resurrection celebration of Easter Sunday morning.

Handbells

As with the vocal choir, the handbell choir performs twice a year (Christmas and Easter). Aside from being a unique ministry not seen in many churches these days, the handbell choir provides a host of blessings -- both for the listeners and the performers. The listeners of course get the blessing of the beautiful music and peaceful state of mind, but the volunteer performers gain those same rich blessings plus the sweet fellowship in the weekly practice gatherings leading up to the performance. 


If this interests you in the least bit, why not come out and give it a try sometime? We have had people of all ages in our performances -- from as young as eleven years old up to senior adults.