WorshipCongregational Music - At Beacon Hill, we have choir, praise teams, organ, praise band, and orchestra that lead most every Sunday. This typifies our music selection for worship - Blended. Christianity has given us hundreds of years of music and yet more is being written everyday; therefore, our desire is to tap all that our heritage and our young creativity has to offer.
Adult Choir -
Our adult choir is made up eager worshippers from fourteen years of age to eighty. We rehearse on Sunday nights at 5pm. The choir, consisting of 35-40 singers, sing every Sunday morning. You are always welcome to come by to visit us.
Praise Team -
We currently have four rotating praise teams of three to four singers that aid in leading worship on Sunday morning. This is a select group, and participation in adult choir is a requirement.
Orchestra - is the newest ensemble at Beacon Hill, but is making a huge impact on our worship. Our orchestra currently consists of trumpet, oboe, flute, clarinet, sax, timpani and strings. Contact John Francis if this is of interest to you.
Children's Choir -
Our children's choir uses a well-rounded music curriculum (LifeWay) in the fall semester, and a musical in the Spring. It is a graded choir program, consisting of three groups: Preschool Choir, Music Makers, and Young Musicians.
Our handbell ensemble is a masterful group of handbell players, ringing on Malmark bells. We currently have three-octaves of handbells and chimes. Memebership in this group is by appointment, as there are limited spots because of the amount bells available.
Voice of Praise/Celebration -
These audition groups are tapped for special occassions in our church. Voice of Praise is a mixed ensemble and Celebration is a ladies ensemble.
If you have any questions regarding these worship-leading groups, feel free to contact me.
12/31/2012 by John Francis
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
Several years ago, when my income was basically being a traveling musician and radio producer – I made my wife a bread box as a Christmas present. . .
10/8/2012 by John Francis
Then will I go unto the altar of God, Unto God my exceeding joy; And upon the harp (kin-nore' ) will I praise (Ya-dah) thee, O God, my God. Psalm 43:4 (HCSB)
First of all, the harp – as a side – was seen as a very valuable instrument in worship not simply as an accompaniment instrument, but as a more sublime instrument. Mentioned 42 ...
9/30/2012 by John Francis
Here is a poem, author unknown, that I shared with the choir last night:
When God Wants to Drill a Man
When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
8/19/2012 by John Francis
This past Saturday evening, Kim and I walked the old dogs down the lane. As we were walking, something sure caught our dog's attention. These two twelve-year-old hounds stood bolt upright and "pointed" to the ditch. I couldn't see anything at first, and so we walked further up, and peered over the tall grass. Our dogs were in a stand-off ...
8/6/2012 by John Francis
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (NKJV)
Last night in service we watched a very well-produced and touching video called "The Last Adam". Something that has always interested me has been logologistics - the study and manipulations of words. So last night reminded me of an entry in a...
7/23/2012 by John Francis
As promised, here are the lyrics for "Christ Be In My Waking" by Stewart Townend
Christ be in my waking,
As the sun is rising,
In my day of working,
With me every hour.
Christ be in my resting,
As the day is ending,
Calming and refreshing,
Watching through the night.
Christ be in my thinking,
And my understanding,
7/15/2012 by John Francis
2 The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness.
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good. 2 Ch 16:9; Zch 4:10
4 The tongue that heals is a tree of life, Pr 11:30; 13:12 but a devious tongue
7/9/2012 by John Francis
Yesterday we sang an old favorite in worship that you responded to...Let Us Praise God Together On Our Knees. You sang, but many of you knelt in reverence as well. I thought I would speak briefly on postures in worship. . .
A song of Ascents. Behold, bless the Lord, All you servants of the Lord, Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!...
7/3/2012 by John Francis
This past Sunday, in honor of Independence Day, I sang a familiar chorus by Irving Berlin, "God Bless America". I didn't ask anyone to stand, as sometimes it is exciting to allow people to do what the Spirit leads them to do. Of course, you did stand. Beacon Hill truly lit up as you sang this sweet chorus. I thought on this day that I ...
1/9/2012 by John Francis
Religion is a work of soberness, of thought, of calm and fixed purpose, and no man can properly enter on it who does not resolve by the grace of God to fulfil (sic) all its requirements and make it the business of his life.
The above quote about discipleship in Luke 14:32 is a stirring concept. As disciples we must resolve...