Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.  Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.  Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.” (Psalm 150:3-6 – KJV).

Here at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, music is a vibrant part of our life together. The church enjoys a reputation of maintaining a strong music ministry. The different musical groups are directed by competent and creative Christian leaders who are dedicated to growing in Christ, sharing the Word and caring for all. Good Shepherd’s music staff and ensembles enjoy wonderful support and proclaim all the Glory to God!

Music has always been a part of the church and will always be a part of it. Part of composing sacred music, being in a choir, playing an instrument, or singing a solo in worship is to contribute to an overall “uniting force.” A choir is in a position of service to the congregation in worship. Through their singing, the congregation reflects on the text by means of the choir’s clean, clear and expressive declamation. Plus, each person involved, from the choir member to the instrumentalist, is able to bring his or her talents to the Lord by providing the best effort in working on the music and by presenting it to the Lord in worship. Through music we have the opportunity to bring about praise, unique and meaningful experiences, and meditation to the church and, above all, to God. Martin Luther once said that music was second to the Word of God. Let us make music beautiful and give back to God what He has given us.

We invite you to join us and experience the living Word of God through music and the arts. If you would like more details or have any questions, you may call the church office at 314.837.3589 or contact Theodore Jander or Shirley Woods. We look forward to serving you and our Lord through the gift of music.

Shepherd’s Choir

A non-auditioned, mixed vocal ensemble. The choir is open to all (high school age and up) who wish to offer their voices as pathways of God’s love and care for us, and our response of praise and thanksgiving to God for our salvation through Jesus Christ. The ensemble provides a vital and robust foundation for congregational singing, as well as offering choral music, ranging from the Middle Ages through the 21st Century, that reflects upon and enhances the texts or themes of each worship service. We rehearse on select Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM, September through May. This choir is a group that has great fellowship and fun as they serve. The only requirement for involvement in this group is a love of singing and the desire to “make a joyful noise to the Lord.”

Spirit Alive

Spirit Alive brings Praise and Worship music to the sanctuary of Good Shepherd on the third Sunday of each month. The Spirit Alive Choir leads in the singing while the Spirit Alive Ensemble, made up of flute, violin, guitar, bass guitar, drums, and piano, provide leading accompaniment. Rehearsals are on the two Tuesdays before the third Sunday. They meet in the evenings at 7:30 p.m. All are welcomed to join.

Handbell Choir

…rings praises to our Lord. They add such wonderful, heavenly sounds to our worship, providing the congregation the opportunity to pray and reflect on the love of Christ. Rehearsals are on select Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Instrumentalists – Brass, woodwind and percussion players enhance worship from time to time, either separately or in combination.