Four-part singing is a long-standing Mennonite tradition, especially a cappella (or unaccompanied) singing. Song leaders assist us in making congregational singing an integral part of MCN worship. Our primary book of worship songs is Hymnal: A Worship Book, sometimes referred to as the “blue hymnal.” Mennonite Church of Normal also uses a two-part supplement series which gives particular attention to the gifts of the worldwide church and to the variety of religious experience within our denomination.
Sing the Journey (“the green book”) explores the life of the Church and its mission in the world, corresponding to the season between Pentecost and Advent. Sing the Story (“the purple book”) uses the seasons of the church year from Advent to Pentecost to tell the story of the life, ministry, death, resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ.
Junior Choir (grades 2-5) and Youth Choir (grades 6-12)
In Junior and Youth Choirs, children and teens learn the basics of melody, harmony, and singing together. They also can discover God through music and the joy of ministering to others through their voices. They rehearse once a week on Sunday evenings from October-April and regularly participate in worship services.
Seasonal Adult Choirs
The Adult Choirs celebrate the seasons of the church year through song. The Adult Choirs rehearse on Sunday evenings during Advent and Lent.
Organ, piano, guitar and other instruments help us make a joyful “noise” to God. Youth musicians sometimes start off our Sunday morning worship. Ages 1-103 are encouraged to create and share music to give glory to God.