Ascension Lutheran Church Worship
Summer Worship Hours
(June 10th – August 19, 2018):
Sunday School 8:30-9:30am
Worship 10:00am

Music Overview

The Music Department at Ascension Lutheran Church seeks to praise and glorify God by utilizing music in rehearsed ensembles and the gathered assembly. Spirituals, psalms, hymns, canticles, and liturgies are used to remind us that God’s Word is the nucleus of our worship.

At Ascension, getting involved with music is a rewarding experience, regardless of one’s experience level. Our ensembles are comprised of people who dedicate themselves through regular rehearsal and offering of music in worship. Anyone is welcome to join any of our ensembles without an audition. If you are interested in becoming part of the musical life of Ascension, please contact the Minister of Music.


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Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir is a choral ensemble open to adults and high school students. The Chancel Choir sings music from a variety of sources, genres, eras, and regions–all with the emphasis around God’s Word. On the Sundays which they are scheduled to sing, the Chancel Choir leads the gathered assembly in psalms, hymns, and liturgies.

The Chancel Choir meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. in Room 203 of the Education Building.

Take a peek at the Bach & Vivaldi concert from December 2016, with the choir from Messiah Lutheran Church and local & regional soloists and musicians:

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir at Ascension provides not only musical offerings during worship services, but also plays during select choral anthems, hymns, processionals, and other festival services. The ensemble is open to adults and high school students. Persons of all skill levels are welcome to participate.

Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Education Building.


Worship Musicians

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Our Worship Musicians ensemble provides worship leadership using a vast array of worship music styles, from traditional global music, to folk music, to music from the Taizé community. The Worship Musicians ensemble consists of both instrumentalists and vocalists. The ensemble leads worship once a month, and they rehearse the Saturday morning before the Sunday on which they lead worship.


Sunday School Opening

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Children at Ascension have the privilege of participating in a 10-15 minute time every Sunday morning to learn music and warm up for Sunday School. During Sunday School opening, in addition to playing instruments, the children learn the fundamentals of music, teamwork and cooperation skills, and group singing. Music learned during this opening time is occasionally sung or played during worship.

Sunday School Opening is held every Sunday during the school year from 9:45 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. in the Sanctuary. All children–both members or visitors–are invited to participate.


Music Offerings

God has blessed all of us in many and varied ways, and one of the ways we can return these gifts to God is through the offering of special music. If you are an instrumentalist or vocalist and would like to provide music during Sunday worship, such as a solo or a duet, please contact the Minister of Music. The Minister of Music will work with you to select music that harmonizes with the Church year, Festival Sunday, or other occasion.


Christian Music Theater (CMT)

Christian Music Theater (CMT) is Ascension’s vacation bible school (VBS) program. More information about CMT can be found here.



Our pipe organ is a 2-manual, 24-rank instrument built in 1991 by W. Zimmer & Sons of Charlotte, North Carolina. Console and Mechanical Upgrades were performed in 2014 by Parkey OrganBuilders of Duluth, Georgia.

A PDF of the Organ Specifications can be seen here.