Worship and Arts


Worship matters in our church and lies at the heart of how we understand ourselves together.  The Worship and Music Ministry oversees all aspects of worship: texts, ceremony, music, liturgical orders, and the nuts-and-bolts of who does what.  

CRLC follows a three-year lectionary as the basis for hymn selections, prayers, confession texts, biblical lessons, etc.  We also follow the church calendar, observing the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost.  

CRLC also has contemporary worship elements interspersed throughout the year with regularlity, but not lumped into one service each week.   Several times a year we have “Ruah!”, a service planned with diverse elements (more-recently composed music, skits, film clips, conversation, images, projection, communion, prayers, etc.) that unite in a less-formal style to appeal to a variety of ages and people who are at different places on their journey as Christians.

To learn more about worship at CRLC, click on our Worship Booklet.


Opportunities to serve in worship:DSCF0371.2

Lay Reader
Communion Assistant
Acolyte (lights the candles)
Altar Care
Flower Committee
Nursery Volunteer
Choir Member
Cantor (soloist who leads worship)




Youth Leadership in Worship

During the school year, usually on the 2nd Sunday each month, the children and youth from CRLC assume  leadership roles in worship:  greeters, ushers, readers, communion assistants, acolytes, etc.   This is coordinated by the Youth Director, with an eye for giving the younger members of the church an opportunity to try various leadership roles.  


Children’s Room

The Children’s Room is a nursery with a purpose!   During the late worship service, under the guidance of a paid nursery attendant and adult and youth volunteers, children are invited to an hour of play, Bible lesson, craft-making, and activities.   Many children are present in worship with their family until after the Children’s Message, and reunite with their family at the time of communion.   The Children’s Room is designed for children through age 12.


Music Ministry

The role of music in worship is to support the praise and prayers of those who have assembled.   Music always seeks to enhance various elements in worship, rather than take the main focus in worship. The role of choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists is always to lead the assembly in its song.

Most often one of the choirs presents special music during the gathering of the gifts, based on the theme or readings for that particular day or season. They also lead the singing of the hymns and psalms, as well as teach new music to the assembly.


Music Groups at CRLC

Adult Choir provides music leadership at worship on Sundays from September through mid-June, usually at the late Sunday service. Although the focus is on leading the assembly in its song, the choir sings a variety of styles of music ranging from classical to baroque to gospel to contemporary music. Including teens and adults, rehearsals are usually from 7:00 to 8:15 PM on Wednesdays in September through early May.   During Lent the Adult Choir may practice on Sunday mornings.Ruah logo

"Ruah! Musicians" is a group of singers and instrumentalists that leads the assembly in singing contemporary songs for worship about once a month, and in our Outdoor Chapel in the summer.


Music by Children in Worship 

  • For a number of years the Children's Choir met weekly.  In 2013-14 a set of Choir Chimes was purchased for use with children in short sessions of 3-6 weeks.   The focus of these children’s music experiences is creating music together while learning about God, worship, and music.   These small-group musical experiences also result in other positives:
  • Developing self-confidence
  • Working within a group
  • Leadership in worship
  • Self-control & discipline
  • Outlet for creative self-expression
  • Learning to appreciate music and various styles of music
  • Gratification & accomplishment

Instrumentalists perform throughout the year, sometimes with a choir, and often in leadership of hymns and liturgy songs.  

Organ, Harpsichord, Piano

CRLC is blessed to have several instruments for use in worship: pipe organ, Yamaha piano, and a harpsichord.  

            Organ In service since 1994, the 4-rank pipe organ assembled by Bill Ellenberger has been providing regular service to worship at CRLC. In 2007 an Organ Task Force made a report to the Vision Board to recommend another instrument be sought for CRLC and an Organ Fund was created. In 2009 a fine pipe organ was located and fund-raising began in earnest to be able to purchase the instrument. In March 2010 the congregation gave their approval to purchase the 1973 Schlicker pipe organ from St Johns Lutheran Church in Sinking Spring PA. Late in 2011 or early 2012 Holtkamp Organ Company from Cleveland OH will install the instrument in our sanctuary.  

           Piano A Yamaha upright piano has provided fine leadership in worship since the sanctuary was completed in 1990 (exclusively from 1990 to 1994 before the organ).

              Harpsichord       A refurbished harpsichord is being loaned to CRLC by a member who has purchased another harpsichord for the church. While he is repairing and enhancing that instrument, we have enjoyed the unique sounds of this small continuo instrument, accompanying the choir occasionally and providing prelude and offering music about once a month.


Arts Ministry  

Go to the Ministry Tab for Art Connections to view information about our Arts Ministry.        

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