Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word and deed, do everything in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:16-17 NRSV)
Music Sunday 2016
Music Sunday 2014
Youth Bell Choir 2016
Carillon Choir 2016
Children's Choir 2015
Youth Choir 2015
Click here to listen to "We Praise Thee" sung by the Sanctuary Choir.
Music at Third Reformed Church
Music has always been an important part of worship at Third Reformed Church. At Third Church, we acknowledge that music is a God-given gift that uplifts and edifies the worshipper. With our music, we intend not to perform but rather to offer a gift to God out of gratitude for his gift to us. When the gift is returned to God, he is honored and glorified as the Lord of our lives.
God has endowed many members of our congregation with musical ability and we invite new members to share their gifts by joining our music ministry, which includes choral and handbell ensembles for all ages from young children to adults. The Robert L. Sipe organ, installed in 1982, is a 40-rank three manual mechanical action instrument. In addition to this marvelous instrument, we regularly feature piano, timpani, and solo instrumentalists in worship services.
Our music ministry staff includes Linda Kay Strouf, Minister of Music, Director of Matins and Sanctuary Choirs, Director of Handbell Choir and Organist, and Mary Van Voorst, Children’s and Youth Choir Director.
We encourage you to become an active part in our choirs. Whether your talent is great or small, whether your age is young or old, there is a place for you in a choir at Third Reformed Church.
Music Opportunites at Third Reformed Church
Matins Choir: Sings weekly at the 8:30 a.m. service. They rehearse at 8:00 a.m. Sunday mornings beginning Sunday, September 14. All ages and voices welcome.
Sanctuary Choir: Sings weekly at the 11:00 a.m. service. Rehearsals are help on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 10. High School-Adult ages are welcome!
Handbell Choir: Plays regularly in both services and in the annual carol service. Rehearsals are Sunday afternoons, 4:45-5:45 p.m. beginning Sunday, September 28. All ages are welcome, though you must be tall enough to see over the tables.
Youth Choir: Sings regularly in morning worship services. Rehearsals for youth in grades 3,4, 5 and 6 begins on Sunday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m.
Children's Choir: Rehearses Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sunday, September 14. Children 4 years old through 2nd grade will learn to sing songs praising God and share them in worship on a regular basis.
Youth Bells: Rehearses on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 12:15 p.m. beginning Sunday, September 14. Youth in 6-12 grades are invited to join.