Music in the Liturgy

The music that serves the liturgy at St. Bart’s comes from a wide variety of sources and is expressed in a wide variety of styles – plainsong chant, sturdy hymn, unaccompanied choral motet, gospel or African American spiritual, and contemporary songs of praise. Worship is led by a variety of instruments – pipe organ, guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, violin, percussion. In all cases, the guiding principle is that it is music that hopes to inspire - to invite the worshiper into an encounter with the living God. 

The music ministry at St. Bart’s is made of a dedicated group of adult singers who help to lead the two liturgies on Sunday morning and all the major feasts of the church year.  These singers are augmented by our instrumental ensemble. The Saturday liturgy is typically led by a cantor.


The St. Bartholomew music ministry has produced three recordings since 1997.  The most recent of these recordings is Child of Wonder, Love in Flesh: A Festival of Lessons and Carols which was recorded in 2012.  There are two earlier recordings, Seaons of Grace: A Celebration of the Liturgical Year (recorded in 2008) and Singing a New Church (recorded in 1997).  There are copies of each of these recordings available for purchase by contacting the Parish Office952/473-6601.