Worship & Music Ministry

What's Going On This Month

What's up at St. Mark Lutheran Church? In addition to our Saturday and Sunday services, choir, and hand bells, we've got some special things coming up. You can find more information about these 'happenings' on the Events page.

Our Hymns - A Little of the Backstory

The origins for some of the Hymns scheduled for this month are presented here. Some will be sung at one of our services. Others are suggestions to be sung as a personal 'Hymn Sing' on Sunday.

Great is Thy Faithfulness – Thomas Obadiah Chisholm (1866-1960)

Insurance agent Thomas Obadiah Chisholm had his share of disappointments in life. His health had been fragile forcing him to resign as a Methodist minister after only one year of service. But, he enjoyed writing and submitted his poetry to various Christian magazines. Sometimes he got rejection skips, sometimes acceptances, but he seldom received any money. He earned his meager living selling life insurance.


When he was seventy-five, he wrote, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.

The One Year Book of Hymns

Arise, My Soul, Arise – John Wesley (1707-1788)

One Methodist minister said he knew of more than two hundred people who had come to Christ through singing this hymn. The story of one young boy is typical of many. He had gone to a revival meeting, and when the sermon was over, he dropped to his knees. “I knew I was sorry for my sins,” he said later, “and I wanted Jesus to forgive me.” The congregation sang this hymn by Charles Wesley, and the boy listened carefully. Some of the stanzas he did not understand very well, but when they came to the last stanza, joy exploded inside him.


The words “with confidence” changed his life. “It was just like being introduced to someone,” he said. “From a penitent, weeping boy, I arose happy and smiling.” And that’s what Jesus does. He brings us to the point of denouncing our sinful lives, but then gives us the confidence to enter a relationship with Him.

One Year Book of Hymns

Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness -- Nicolaus von Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf was one of the most remarkable persons in church history. Hw was born in to a wealthy family in Saxony, Germany, educated at the best universities, and named counselor of the State of Saxony, but he chose to be associated with the Moravians, devout believers who had been exiles from Austria.


Of the two thousand hymns he wrote, this is perhaps the best known. His hymns were personal because he was a passionate promoter of what he called “Christianity of the heart.” They were also Christ centered because his life motto was, “I have but one passion, and that is He and only He.”

One Year Book of Hymns

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds -- John Newton (1725-1807)

At the age of eighty, John Newton was quite deaf and almost blind. But, he still continued to preach. For his final messages, Newton brought an aide to the pulpit. The aide would read the next point of Newton’s sermon outline, and Newton would then expound on that point.


On one particular Sunday, not long before Newton’s death, the assistant read the first point and Newton said to the congregation, “Jesus is precious.” He paused and waited until the aide read the second point. Newton said again, “Jesus is precious.”


The aide reminded Newton that he already had said that. “Yes, I said it twice,” the aged pastor  replied. “and I’ll say it again! Jesus is precious.” Then he asked the congregation to sing the hymn he had written many years before, “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.”

One Year Book of Hymns

Join the Fun

Make Wednesday night your music night

Consider joining one or both of these music ministries

with instrument and/or song.

A place in the choir...

We have revved up the old Victrola and start singing on a regular basis in the balcony or on the floor and occasionally ringing those bells and chimes. 

Don’t you want to be part of this incredible, fun ministry? It is our position that we present the word of the Lord in prayerful song to open the hearts, minds and ears of the congregation in order for them to receive the message of the day. We are just one instrument to deliver the good news of the love of Christ. The more instruments, the louder the band. The louder the band, the better they hear! 

Please consider joining us.  On Wednesdays, hand bells begin from 6pm-7pm and the Trinity Choir Choir from 7pm-8pm.

See Melinda or any member of the choirs for more information.  It could be the best hour or two you spend with us!

"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17)