The Adult Choir assists with worship at the 9 a.m. service weekly which includes singing anthems ranging from classical to gospel during the offertory.
The choir leads the annual Messiah Christmas service and Tenebrae service on Good Friday in addition to three traditional Choral Evensong Services throughout the year. We rehearse weekly on Thursday nights from September to June at the church offices on the third floor (7:30-9:15 p.m.). This is an auditioned group of singers able to read music. Email Juliana Gustafson for more information.
The Westminster Catechism says that the, “chief end of man” is to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.” We agree with this wholeheartedly at The Falls Church Anglican. We believe that God is the ultimate end of all things, it is to him that all praise and honor is due, as Paul wrote, “For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36
In the next breath Paul implores the faithful to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). So all of the Christian life is to be lived as an act of worship, for whether we eat or we drink, we are called to do all things for God’s glory. But there are also special times when we gather for worship, as the earliest believers did, devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42). We gather to demonstrate our commitment to one another and to encourage each other in our walk of faith, to sit under the Scriptures and grow together in our understanding of the gospel. Gathered worship is a means of grace for us, for we experience God’s presence and power in unique ways “where two or three are gathered” in the name of Christ (Matthew 18:20).
We sing for at least three reasons. First of all, we worship a singing God, and we are made in his image. The Prophet Zephaniah tells us that God sings over his children with great joy (3:17). Second of all, we sing because “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised” (Psalm 48:1). One way we can make God’s praise great is by not simply speaking words which honor him, but by singing those words with beautiful melodies and harmonies, accompanied by an array of instruments. So the Psalmists regularly encourage us to “sing praise to the name of the LORD” (Psalm 7:17). But a third reason that we love music is because it is a means of grace for us, a context in which we experience God’s presence in a powerful way. The Apostle Paul encouraged the Ephesian church to “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord in your heart…” (Ephesians 5:18-19). So we believe that music is one context in which we may be filled with God’s Spirit and experience his transforming presence. For all of these reasons and more, we at TFCA are grateful for the gift of music and committed to its use for the encouragement and strengthening of God’s people.