Music

At St. John’s, we highly value music, and we strive to make full use of this gift of God’s creation in worship every week. Music sets a tone, guides, teaches, and beautifies. As Martin Luther once remarked, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world!”*

Music enhances worship at St. John’s in a number of ways, as described below. To find out more about contributing your musical talents in any of these areas, click here.

2020 Worship Conference

St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Topeka, KS hosted its fourth annual Worship Conference to provide continuing education and conversation for pastors and church musicians. The keynote speaker for this conference was Dr. Paul Grime from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. He serves as dean of Spiritual Formation and dean of the Chapel, and he teaches in the Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department. He served 11 years as executive director for the LCMS’s Commission on Worship, during which he served as project director the development of Hymnal Supplement 98 and for Lutheran Service Book.

Organ

All worship services at St. John’s are accompanied by a large pipe organ that was installed in 1979. This beautiful 2025-pipe instrument is used not only for services at St. John’s but also for organ concerts. St. John’s is blessed to have a number of talented organists, both on staff and in the congregation.

Choirs/Vocal Performance

St. John’s has three voice choirs, the Kantorei (adults and high school youth), the Sunday School Choir (children), and the Rhythm of Faith Choir (children attending the Sound Words Academy on Wednesday evenings). Vocalists can also share their talents through solos, duets, and small group performances.

Instrumental Music

In addition to the voice choirs, St. John’s also has a handbell choir, Ecclesia Bells (adults and high school youth).

Individual instrumentalists also enhance our worship by accompanying other groups (e.g., piano, trumpet) or through solo or group pieces (e.g., string quartet). Members who are interested in sharing their instrumental talents are encouraged to contact the church.

* Luther quotation from Foreword to Georg Rhau’s collection, Symphoniae Iucundae