Zion Lutheran Church

Traditional Music Ministry
Zion Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir is made up of volunteer singers, who are dedicated and love to sing for our Lord. There is no experience needed, Richard will teach you how to sing better than you ever thought you could. We make a joyful noise and have fun singing for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our music fits the worship theme for each Sunday and is within the talent level of our group. Richard will even adapt the music to our specific needs. The choir meets on Wednesday evenings for a short rehearsal from 6:30pm to 7pm. Contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com Come join 
Zion Handbells
The Zion Ringers is a volunteer handbell group. No experience is necessary. We will train. We joke that; “you only need to count to four (maybe six) and ring the bell in your right and left hand as directed.” Ringing brings people together in community like no other musical group. Your two notes are a part of the musical whole. A special team spirit develops, because we rely on one another, and as a result, spiritual bonds form. Even outside of rehearsals we find ourselves praying for each other throughout the week. And oh, the blessings when we come together to ring. We have great times fellowshipping and making music for the Lord. The group rehearses at 7pm on Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary. Join us! Contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com

Zion Orchestra

Did you ever play an instrument in band or orchestra? Do you currently play an instrument in high school or college? Then whether you are an adult, a youth or college age, you should join Zion’s orchestra. Dust off that old instrument and play it for the Lord. The Zion Orchestra plays for special worship services throughout the year like Reformation, All-Saints, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Good Friday Tenebrae, Easter, and Pentecost. Richard orchestrates and arranges the music to our specific need and talent levels. We rehearse a couple of times before events on Sunday afternoons as needed in the Sanctuary. It is a lot of fun breaking out those old musical chops and praising the Lord with our instruments. Contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com

Solos & Ensembles
If you play an instrument or sing and would like to share your musical talent in a solo or a small ensemble, please contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com we’ll try plug you in.
Your Favorite Music?

If you have a favorite hymn or piece of sacred music you might like to hear in worship, who knows; we might be able to present it, if it fits within the theme of our one of our worship services. Contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com


Interested in Courses in Hymnody

or Church Music History?

From time to time, Richard gives various lecture series on church music history and hymnody. If you are interested in learning more about worship music, music theory, how to read music or perhaps using one of these courses as a stepping-stone toward participating with one or more of our musical groups, contact Richard Burke at rpalburke@gmail.com 


“Praise the Lord in His sanctuary; … Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!

Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!

Praise Him with sound cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

                                           (Psalm 150, ESV) 



“When in our music, God is glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as thought the whole creation cried: Alleluia!

How oft, in making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!

So has the Church, in liturgy and song, in faith and love, through centuries of wrong, borne witness to the truth in ev’ry tongue, Alleluia!

And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night when utmost evil strove against the light? Then let us sing, for whom He won the fight: Alleluia!

Let ev’ry instrument be tuned for praise, let all rejoice who have a voice to raise, and may God give us faith to sing always: Alleluia!”   

                               (Fred Pratt Green, ©1972, Hope Publishing Co.)