At NorthChurch, we enjoy a “blended” worship style that incorporates the best of contemporary Christian music without neglecting the great treasury of time-honored classics that have been passed down to us through the ages.
Music is a vital part of our worship experience, and the Chancel Choir is devoted to singing God’s praises. The Chancel Choir increases its skills in Wednesday evening rehearsals — gatherings filled with fun, laughter, and learning.
About one Sunday each month, our morning worship is led by our praise ensemble, Spirit Rising.
In 1982, NorthChurch commissioned the Taylor and Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia, to fabricate a unique reproduction of a baroque pipe organ, and this magnificent instrument is used on all occasions to focus our worship of Almighty God. Periodically, many local and world-renowned organists come to the North Church sanctuary to perform on this work of art.
For pipe organ afficionatos . . .
NorthChurch’s organ replicates the “tracker action” that would have been familiar at the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. That is, the valves that allow air to flow into the pipes are opened by completely mechanical linkages from the keys and pedals (as opposed to being opened by the electronic or pneumatic connections that are much more common in contemporary pipe organs). Because this organ is patterned after instruments that were built before the development of swells (volume controls), it produces the “terraced dynamics” that characterize organ music of the Baroque period, and the instrument is even tuned to a historic “Kirnberger III” temperament that can produce a purity of tone that is simply unheard of on modern keyboard instruments. Additional specifications for this magnificent instrument can be found on the organbuilder’s own Web site: Taylor and Boody Opus 6
The deep-toned organ blast that rolls through arches dim
Hints of the music vast of God’s eternal hymn.
— Edward Grubb, 1925