Music

Worship in the Episcopal tradition involves all the senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell and sound, and our bodies are engaged in worship by changes in posture from sitting to standing to kneeling. We bring the beauty of God’s creation and human creativity into our worship through the arrangement and use of flowers, colored glass windows, vestments, artwork, metalwork – the best we can offer to God from the gifts that God has given us. Our prayers are from the different strands of Christianity that have been prayed for over 2,000 years, ranging from ancient to modern. Our services are drawn from the Book of Common Prayer, descended from the first efforts during the Reformation to offer worship in English and that could be understand and shared by all people. At every service there is a balance between words that are said every week, and words that are unique and special to that particular service. We are a Biblically-based church. Over 90% of the words used in our prayer book worship are Scripture quotations or words inspired by Scripture.

St. Augustine said the person who sings once prays twice. At St. George’s, our congregational hymn singing is the most important part of our service. Other music includes psalm singing, chanting of the parts of the service, and special musical offerings and anthems by our choir. We are ably led by a mechanical action (tracker) pipe organ that dates from 1890 and has been specially installed and adapted for use at St. George’s. Other instruments such as piano, brass and percussion are used from time to time.

For those who might be interested, the organ specification:

Great, 58 notes
Open Diapason 8’
Melodia 8’
Octave 4’
Principal 2’
Twelfth 2 2/3’
Trumpet 8’
Swell to Great 8’
Swell to Great 4’
Tremolo

Swell, 58 notes
Stopped Diapason 8’
Salicional 8’
Celeste 8’
Harmonic Flute 4’
Oboe 8’

Pedal, 30 notes
Bourdon 16’
Violone 8’
Choralbass 4’

Great to Pedal 8’
Swell to Pedal 8’
Balanced Swell Pedal

Organ Pipes



In the Choir Loft