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Adult Choir

churchOur choir meets each Wednesday for rehearsal at 7 pm from September through May. They sing each Sunday at the 10:30 am Holy Eucharist and at all special services throughout the church year. Our Organist and Choirmaster, Lee Harris, is always pleased to receive inquiries about membership in the choir. Please email her at lee@trinitylumberton.nett or write to her in care of Trinity Church.

Extended Christmas Rehersal:

Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

 

Youth Choir

Our youth choir performs for Youth Sunday in the spring, and other special occiasions as announced, such as Christmas and Easter.

 

Musically Speaking

churchA New Chapter

Recently I submitted a letter to Fr. Gene and the Vestry and in this article I will reiterate some of what was in that letter.

I begin with the words from the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes which begins, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” The time has come for both you and me to begin writing a new chapter in our lives. It is time for me to turn the reins of the music ministry over to another musician and bid farewell to Trinity Church. How does one list the wonderful things I have experienced over the past 9 years as Organist-Choirmaster? I have never doubted that God led me to serve Him in this place and in this time. Even though I retired from an active and busy life in Cary where I was responsible for 9 choirs, God showed me that “retirement” is not in His vocabulary. As long as we are serving Him faithfully, there will be no retirement, just a change of venue.

This decision has not been an easy one, but without a doubt I know that God is in it. He is leading me to be closer, more available to help raise grandchildren and be able to have a positive influence in their lives. He is leading me to continue to use my skills in serving on the Liturgy Commission for both Dioceses and to have the great opportunity of working again with a children’s choir in which my grandchildren sing.

We have accomplished much in the music ministry of Trinity Church over these 9 years. Highlights of my tenure have been the Evensongs, the special concerts with strings and soloists, Easter and Christmas Eve with brass as well as our Taize service in July. The concerts we have sponsored and been able to bring excellent music to our community have been a blessing. The Sunday morning anthems that have “raised the roof” are all part of this legacy. Being able to renovate the Moeller organ and preserve it for many years to come; making it more user friendly to make a joyful sound unto God – has all been a source of genuine joy! Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Trinity Church, which allowed us to study and document our heritage, was a great undertaking and one in which I learned of the sacrifices of those who made their vision a reality.

In addition to all of this we have been able to document all music in our expansive library – children, youth and adults as well as instrumental music. It has been carefully filed and entered into an Excel program that is accessible. There are also hard copies available in the choir room. I thank the choir members who began this process with me in 2009 and the ongoing efforts of a gifted music secretary, Elisabeth Oxendine.

Please take a moment to see the wall in the choir room that documents some of our musical highlights. Lastly and most importantly are the people whom I have gotten to know, to share their journeys in life. There are parishioners who have gone on to Heaven whom I miss, but whom have influenced my life and my journey as well. We have experienced our triumphs and our trials, our gains and losses, and our joys and sor-rows. We have struggled in times with decisions with which we did not agree, but we have worked together faithfully to serve not ourselves, but our high calling as Christians and servants of the living God.

My last Sunday will be September 10 and as I leave, I will continue to pray for Trinity Church and its influ-ence in the community and Diocese. I will continue to praise the living God Who loved me enough to allow me not to retire and to lead me to serve at Trinity Church in Lumberton.

“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.”

In Christian love,
Lee Harris, Organist-Choirmaster