2022 was an exciting year in music at Oldtown. Though we began the year with a few weeks of online worship, we quickly returned to the sanctuary and raised our voices in song to praise and worship together again for the rest of the year. We were overjoyed to welcome two new performers to our lineup. Edi Diaz joined us occasionally on harmonica, and Janice Dumont joined our regular rotation on the piano. We are blessed by both of them sharing their talents with us and are so thankful that our group continues to grow.
We are also extremely thankful to the rest of our regular performers, Ellen Kingman, Kevin Graves, Ed and Kait Clavette, and Jim and Megan Fennell. All of our musicians are extremely talented, and their gifts of song and music are a huge part of what worship is at Oldtown. As we gather every Sunday for worship, we are all blessed that our services include so much wonderful music that enhances Pastor Kelly’s message. Music enhances the spiritual connection we feel in worship. We do our best to provide a wide variety of music, from old favorite standard hymns on our beloved organ to more contemporary piano and guitar worship music.
We are also extremely blessed that all of our musicians are volunteers, sharing their talents with us freely with no compensation beyond the fellowship and appreciation of a grateful congregation. I think I speak for all of the musicians in saying that sharing our gifts in worship brings deeper meaning to our faith and brings us joy each week.
There are exciting things on the horizon in the coming year as well. We are forming a new group of singers to be a new definition of “choir” at Oldtown. Having a dedicated group of singers once again presenting the same variety of music we know and love at Oldtown will be pure joy. We also look forward to more opportunities to involve our young people – and those who are young-at-heart – in adding music, song, and performance to accompany and enhance our worship.
We invite anyone interested in sharing their talents – musical, instrumental, or otherwise to join us. The psalmist exhorts us all to make a joyful noise to the Lord, and there are no other expectations, simply the desire to add to the soundtrack of worship at Oldtown.
~ Jim Fennell
~ on behalf of the Oldtown Music Ministry