“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!”: Psalm 100
Scripture is full of references to musical activity; therefore, music is an integral part of St. Lambert United Church worship. The Church is blessed to have many members who are willing to share their time and their God-given musical talent. It is also blessed to have a fine Organist and Choir Director, Ron Bourne (B.Mus., McGill University).
The choir, with approximately a dozen volunteer singers, is the backbone of the Church’s music program. Sunday after Sunday, they present music to complement the worship service. Accompanied by the pipe organ or piano, they lead the congregation in the singing of hymns. At most services, they also perform anthems to uplift and inspire the congregation. Their repertoire includes classical, gospel and contemporary selections.
The choir also participates, along with other church choirs and musical groups, in the annual Gift of Music concert just before Christmas.
The choir practises for two hours weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and also for an hour at 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday worship service.
Anyone who would like to join the choir should speak with Ron Bourne (514) 812-3576 or call the church office for an appointment.
The St. Lambert United Church bell choir, known as the Village Ringers, is made up of people both from the congregation and from the larger community who have an interest in bell ringing. They ring four octaves of handbells and three octaves of hand chimes.
Their director, Jérôme Savoie, is an enthusiastic music teacher, skilled in playing a variety of instruments. Under his expert guidance, the Village Ringers have performed with the Choeur Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Montreal Welsh Male Choir.
The choir practices on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In March 2012, W.o.W! (Words of Worship) was formed to offer alternative forms of music for the congregation. The selections they play range from mild rock to blue grass, and from country to old, beloved hymns. The band have performed approximately a dozen original pieces of music as well.
The band join in worship about once a month. W.o.W! have also taken part in worship at Wall Street United Church in Brockville and at Greenfield Park United Church on the occasion of their 100th anniversary celebration. The band have also played at The Native Friendship Centre of Montreal.