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“He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”  Psalm 40:3

For corporate worship, we model our approach to music on our understanding of biblical norms and on the wisdom of the Church over 2,000 years. Music made by God's people has always been chiefly performed in response to who God is and what he has done. Read More

 

 


Musical Ensembles

Sanctuary Choir

The Sanctuary Choir at Park Street Church lifts its voice in praise of God every Sunday during the morning worship services. The choir sings chiefly for the glory of God, and so that worshipers will experience the love, power, and beauty of God through music. Choirs have been leaders in corporate worship since the days of King David, and the Church has a rich choral tradition; we seek to uphold this inheritance through our repertoire and through a commitment to excellence. We focus on the work of offering music as a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, but we are also a community that delights in fellowship. The choir is always looking for new singers. Contact us for more information.

Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:00–9:00 PM, SEP to MAY.

The Sunday Night Band

The Sunday Night Band leads musical worship during the 4 PM service. The band members are both professionals and skilled amateurs, and they all share a desire for excellence in worship, and an eagerness to serve and enable the song of the congregation. The ultimate end of the band is not to be heard, but to inspire singing in the pews. The band is under the direction of Sunday Night Worship Leader, Damon Addleman.

We are always looking for new people to add to our roster, and new ideas to explore. Contact the Sunday Night Band.

Instrumental Music

Park Street Orchestra and Park Street Brass heighten the worship of the morning services through their skillful playing, especially on holy days in the church calendar. Smaller instrumental ensembles and soloists perform offertories, preludes, and postludes (defaulting to the sacred repertoire but also using fitting classical selections, as appropriate). Our musicians are both active professionals and skilled amateurs. Contact Nathan Skinner

Children's Choirs

Joining a children’s choir at Park Street Church is a rewarding way for your child to learn how to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” Under the direction of caring and skilled directors, children learn new songs and the classic hymns of the faith, enjoy fellowship with other children, and build the musical skills essential to following God's musical commands.

  • Cherub Choir (AM) for 3–6 year-olds
 is for our youngest singers and place during 8:30 AM Children's Church. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary after the reading of the scripture at 8:30 AM service; contact Lori Chang.
  • AM Children’s Choir for 1st–6th graders rehearses during the 8:30 AM service. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary after the scripture reading (during the Gloria Patri) at 8:30 AM service; and the choir performs up to once a month and presents an extended cantata every spring.

  • PM Children's Choir rehearses during the 4pm service. Children are dismissed from the sanctuary after the scripture reading; the choir performs periodically throughout the academic year.


 

Our Pipe Organ: Aeolian-Skinner opus 1353

For more information contact: Nathan Skinner

Upcoming Ministry Events

  • Lessons & Carols

    Lessons & Carols

    Music

    December 15

    Details

    Childcare will be available for ages 0–4. RSVP is requested for childcare, but not required.

    “Let us read and mark in Holy Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience unto the glorious Redemption brought us by this Holy Child; and let us make this church glad with our carols of praise.” Music sung by the Sanctuary Choir and Congregation, and accompanied by the Park Street Orchestra.

    Seating will be limited to sanctuary capacity; we recommend arriving 30 minutes early in order to be sure of getting a seat. Overflow seating will be available in the Fellowship Hall.

    Historical Note

    The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first sung in this wooden building (pictured right) which served as the first Truro Cathedral; it is said that the Rt. Reverend Edward White Benson, who originated the service in 1880, chose the time of 10:00 PM on Christmas Eve in order to “get the men out of the pubs early so they would not be drunk for the midnight service.” In 1918, Eric Milner-White, Dean of King’s College, Cambridge, adapted the service for use in the chapel at King’s. The service has remained virtually unchanged since that time, and has spread through all the world. The hymns and carols vary in each service (though it is traditional to begin with Once in Royal David’s City), but the readings and other spoken portions are always the same, even, traditionally, retaining the well-loved King James translation. The sound of the same words, year after year, becomes an echo of the unchanging significance and reality of the story. The music takes the role of reflecting on each text and exhorting the congregation. The tone of this worship service is both solemn and joyful, reflecting the intimidating grandeur of the story—from Fall to Incarnation—and rejoicing in the love of God and the redemption that is ours through Christ. 

    Location: Park Street Church Sanctuary (One Park Street, Boston, MA 2108)

    • Starts: December 15, 2019 / 7:00PM
    • Ends: December 15, 2019 / 9:00PM