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Worship Music & Arts
Committee Chairs

Lynne Beard (Liturgical artist)

Committee Members

Pastor Kevin O'Hara
Anthony Rispo (Minister of Music)
George Johnson (Council Liasion)

Deacon Karen Nurmi
Karen Snowberg (Choir Director, Westchester Recorder Guild)

Deacon Nancy Schoener (Altar Guild Chairperson)
Eiko Cornelius (Director of Handbells)

Committee Notes

Many members of our congregation give their time and talent to the worship life at Emanuel and serve as Deacons, Sunday morning Worship Assistants, Acolytes, the Altar Guild, Adult and Children's Choirs, Bell Choirs, Readers, Ushers and Communion Bread bakers. We welcome thoughts and ideas from the congregation.

Worship Music and Arts
The Worship, Music and Arts committee meets each month to plan and evaluate the worship services at Emanuel. We work with the Pastor and the music staff and it is our goal to find creative and meaningful ways to enrich the worship life at Emanuel in both new and traditional ways.
Here are some of our latest projects:
We observe the seasons of the church year and work to explore their depth, meaning and message. Each Sunday we listen to and are inspired by Gods word through the sermon and Gospel readings and are nourished by the bread and wine of the Eucharist. The liturgy is celebrated with music and the sanctuary is enhanced visually with artistic images of symbolism, color and liturgical art. The Day of Pentecost is one example, when the message of the Holy Spirit is observed with uplifting music, stirring red fabric, red candles and symbolic banners and paraments in our worship space.
There are other areas of our church that provide opportunities for prayerful meditation and intimate Taize and Prayer Services. A meditation room near the library features an icon of Christ Pantocrator with candles and provides a quiet place for prayer and small services. Icons are often used as aids to prayer and reflection on the life and works of Christ.
Outdoors there is a labyrinth with meditation garden which also provides a tranquil area for prayer or a quiet time.