Worship

Worship services are the centerpiece of Christ Our Shepherd's life together. Traditional worship is held each Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:40 a.m.
Contemporary worship is held at 10:50 a.m.

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Unless otherwise listed, please contact David Beecher for more information at musicminister@coslutheran.org

Sanctuary Choir (High School/Adult) sings for the 8:30 and 11:00 Sanctuary Services every week, August through May, as well as for Christmas Love Feasts, Good Friday Tenebræ Service, and other special services. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., and 20 minutes before the Sunday services.

Grace Flock Worship Team (High School/Adult) leads the 10:50 Fellowship Hall service several Sundays each month. The group features singers accompanied by electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass guitar, V-Drums, flutes, and keyboard. They practice on Sundays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Sandra Bohlken at singsandrab@gmail.com or David Beecher for more information.

Second Sunday Team leads 10:50 a.m. worship once a month. They rehearse once during the week, and on the Sunday morning when they serve as worship leaders. Past Second Sundays have featured Bluegrass music, tunes by The Beatles, Soul Music, and more! Contact Barbara Anderson for more information at 770-719-0790.

Music and the Master (M&Ms) is the Wednesday afternoon ministry for all 1st – 5th grade students. Included are choral and instrumental instruction, with Bible learning activities. They practice on Wednesdays during the 4:30 p.m. hour.

Shepherd’s Flock Singers (Elementary—M&M’s) This group sings anthems for worship, presents a musical each spring, and sings in the Children’s Christmas Program. Sue Byers and David Beecher lead. They practice on Wednesdays, 5:00-5:30 p.m.

sKIDdles is for children ages 4 & 5; they meet from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The leaders are Barbara Anderson and Carlyn Nankervis. Their curriculum emphasizes age-appropriate music and worship concepts.

Unless otherwise listed, please contact David Beecher for more information at musicminister@coslutheran.org

Grace Flock Worship Team (High School/Adult) leads the 10:50 Fellowship Hall service several Sundays each month. The group features singers accompanied by electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass guitar, V-Drums, flutes, solo instruments, and keyboard. They practice on Sundays from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Sandra Bohlken at singsandrab@gmail.com or David Beecher for more information.

Second Sunday Team leads 10:50 a.m. worship once a month. They rehearse once during the week, and on the Sunday morning when they serve as worship leaders. Past Second Sundays have featured Bluegrass music, tunes by The Beatles, Soul Music, and more! Contact Barbara Anderson for more information at 770-719-0790.

The Christ Our Shepherd Brass (High School/Adult)– This group plays brass music with trumpets, French horns, trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, saxophones, and tuba. They also accompany the Sanctuary Choir during festival services. Their leader is Karl Dietmeyer at 770-487-5941, and rehearsals are on Sundays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. during the school year.

Clarinet Choir (High School/Adult)– This ensemble plays Eb, Bb, alto, and bass clarinets during worship and on special occasions. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 12:45-1:45 p.m., with lunch served at 12:15 p.m. Typically made up of high school musicians, this group welcomes adults, too. Contact Karl Dietmeyer for more information at 770-487-5941.

Flute Choir (High School/Adult)– Led by Karl Dietmeyer, this ensemble plays during worship, notably at bi-monthly Services for Healing. Rehearsals are on : Mondays, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., during the school year. The choir plays piccolo, Eb, C, alto, and bass flutes.

The Shepherd’s Band (Middle School)– This group of woodwind, brass, and percussion players accompanies liturgical music and prepares special music for worship. Conducted by David Beecher, this group practices Wednesdays from 5:30-5:50 p.m.

Da Chiesa (High School/Middle School)—This new group of strings players accompanies liturgical music and prepares special music for worship. Conducted by David Beecher, this group practices Wednesdays from 5:50-6:15 p.m. If you play violin, viola, cello, or string bass, contact David Beecher.

Unless otherwise listed, please contact David Beecher for more information at musicminister@coslutheran.org

Joyful Noise Ringers (High School/Adult) – This handbell choir is made up of experienced ringers. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. The choir rings 5 octaves of Malmark handbells and 5 octaves of Malmark Choirchimes, plus Petit & Fritsen Flemish hand-bells.

Peaceful Ringers (High School/Adult) – This flexible handbell group rehearses are Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Music reading is helpful but not required, and no previous ringing experience is expected.

Shepherd’s Flock Ringers (M&M’s)– 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade handbell ringers prepare anthems for worship as they learn fundamentals of music and bell ringing. They are led by David Beecher and Sue Byers. The Ringers and Chimers rehearse Wednesdays, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Shepherd’s Flock Chimers (M&M’s)– Led by Pat Oliver and Lauri Gambrel, these young ringers play Malmark Choir Chimes as they learn basics of music reading and ringing. They rehearse Wednesdays, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

H.O.P.E. Services— approximately every other month these special services invite you to pray and be inspired. Music is usually provided by the Christ Our Shepherd Flute Choir. Holy Communion is a part of each service, along with prayers for healing.

Love Feasts in Moravian Style (High School/Adult) — Each December all music ministry participants are invited to be part of Moravian Love Feasts. Patterned after New Testament Agapé meals, these music-filled services feature Love Feast buns, Moravian-recipe coffee or apple juice, and beeswax candles trimmed with red ruffs. Singers may join Love Feast choir even if they cannot sing throughout the year. And volunteers are invited to bake buns, make coffee, dress candles, and serve as "dieners"—servers.

Good Friday Tenebræ Service (High School/Adult) — Sanctuary Choir and instrumentalists prepare a major seasonal work to anchor the annual Tenebræ (service of darkness). Singers may join the Tenebræ choir even if they cannot sing throughout the year.

Coffee House— Christ Our Shepherd talents of all varieties are celebrated at the annual Coffee House. Usually on a Saturday evening in the spring, this event has become a much-anticipated highlight of the year.

Palmetto Worship— the congregation worships at its property at 411 Palmetto Road occasionally. Volunteers are valuable in many ways to make these outdoor services happen.

Even if you have no musical skills, you could be an important part of worship ministry:

GraceFlock worship leaders (High School/Adult)— Contemporary Worship invites you to consider becoming a Service Coordinator, Worship Assistant, or Usher for the 10:50 a.m. service. Service Coordinators prepare for worship and serve as managers for the service. Worship Assistants read scriptures, lead prayers, serve communion, and take other appropriate roles in the service. Ushers greet worshipers, guide worshipers to communion, and collect the offering.

Altar Guild (High School/Adult)— volunteers prepare for Holy Communion at the three Sanctuary services, maintain candles, and prepare for baptisms as needed. They serve for a month at a time.

Sanctuary Worship Assistants (High School/Adult)— trained volunteers read scripture, lead prayers, serve communion, and take other appropriate roles in the Sunday morning Sanctuary services.

Ushers (High School/Adult)— under the leadership of a Head Usher, these trained volunteers for Sanctuary services distribute Worship Guide/Bulletins, collect the offering, guide worshipers to communion, and take other appropriate actions as needed. They serve approximately once every two months.

Communion Assistants (High School/Adult) -- help distribute the bread or wine to worshipers, or collect the used cups.

Acolytes and Crucifers: although usually served by our 6th, 7th, and 8th-graders, older persons could volunteer to be trained to light candles, receive the offering from the ushers, and serve at communion, or to carry the processional cross.