What is the music like at Grace Evan?
That's a good question because there's an awful lot of confusing terminology out there. It seems like churches all over the country are splitting into two services, often called "contemporary" and "traditional." At Grace Evan we've taken deliberate steps to avoid doing that. We believe it’s important to maintain our Christian heritage, while at the same time be sensitive to the culture in which we exist.
The musical part of our worship service is broken down into two areas: congregational singing and special music. In our congregational music we try to include several elements:
1) Hymns - We treasure the great hymns here, and want our young people to grow up anchored in the rich content and beloved melodies of so many generations.
2) Modified and new hymns - There is a multitude of Christian verse out there, some of which has been put to music for the first time, and some that has been given a new melody. There are more and more songwriters taking a new interest in orthodox lyrics of old.
3) Simple expressions of the heart - This includes carefully selected choruses and uncomplicated statements of adoration.
Using those elements, our signature sound is one of fullness, including piano, live and electronic orchestral accompaniment, guitars, drums, percussion, and vocal worship teams. Our choir also leads and performs in worship several times throughout the year.
The second area of Sunday worship music is Special Music, and consists of an expansive genre of reverent, God-centered and exalting selections. The special music at Grace has included such things as vocal solos and ensembles, a brass quintet, Celtic, jazz, bluegrass, choir pieces, orchestral pieces, and much more.
Ultimately, in all these things, our goals are these:
Want to hear some of our typical music? Check out the Listen to Grace Music page.
This page is maintained by Johnny Coggin.