Music Ministry

Meet the Directors

For more than twenty-five years, Sandra and Jerry Clements have filled a vital role as ministers of music. Every Sunday morning, you can hear Sandra’s powerful piano talent filling the sanctuary before and during the worship service. Jerry often leads congregational singing for Sunday services and many other church events as well.

Both are instrumental (no pun intended!) in leading CBC’s seasonal choir as well. Sandra, as pianist, assists choir director Shirsten Dreyer in organizing and leading seasonal choir performances. Shirsten has served as CBC’s choir director for ten years. Jerry sings and fills in as director, if needed.

handbell choir
Christmas: “Nine Lessons & Carols” – With rehearsals starting in September, CBC choir members prepare for the annual Christmas concert, called “Nine Lessons & Carols.” Patterned after a format established by King’s College in Cambridge, this concert celebrates Christmas by telling the story of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus Christ through nine Scripture readings, interspersed with Christmas chorals anthems and carols.

Easter: “Tenebrae” – Starting in January or February, choir members rehearse sacred songs for a Good Friday service called “Tenebrae.” This special “service of darkening” focuses on the approaching death of Christ on the Cross. Each song and Scripture reading leads the audience closer to the Cross. The Candles are extinguished one by one after each song and Scripture reading and lighting dims gradually throughout the service. Finally the service ends in total darkness, signifying Christ’s death and His departure as the Light of the world. The concert is performed on Good Friday.

Shirsten also leads a hand bell choir, which performs during both concerts.

choir

New choir and hand bell members are always welcome, and need not be CBC members to participate. In fact, several regular choir members join us from local churches. Reading music is helpful, but not required. We encourage you to give us a try! Our concerts always draw big crowds and rave reviews. While watching is wonderful, singing and performing the meaningful music brings its own rewards for performers.

Choir Rehearsal Schedule:
Sundays when in season
   Hand Bells: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
       Choir:  5:30-7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the church at office@cornerstonebibch.org.

Solos, duets and other performances for Sunday morning are encouraged. Contact the church office for more information.