The Music Ministry at First Baptist Church of Tellico Village seeks to provide musical experiences and worship training to our entire congregation. The Scriptures tell us to "Speak to one another with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:19-20, NIV) It is our goal to put that Scripture into practice through the music ministry.
Minister of Music
The Sanctuary choir and Orchestra are the heartbeat of our music and worship ministry. These vibrant groups love leading our church in worship each Sunday morning and spending time together as a Music Ministry family. The church is at its best when it strives for excellence and these two groups strive to be the best that they can be. We would love for you to join us – all that is required is a heart for worship and a desire to learn. The Sanctuary choir requires no audition and the ability to read music while helpful is not mandatory. Come visit our Wednesday night rehearsal – it is more than just practicing notes. It is a time of preparation for worship, a time to be renewed in the middle of the week, and a time to connect with fellow worshipers who will encourage you.
The Orchestra rehearses and plays for Worship each Sunday morning. Contributions include playing Preludes, Offertories, Hymns, Postludes and occasionally accompanying the Sanctuary Choir individually and as an orchestra. It is open to orchestral instrumentalists. If you play an instrument, please contact the Minister of Music or one of the orchestra members. We are continually looking for instrumentalists to join and contribute to this excellent group.
The handbell choir continues to excel musically playing on a regular basis for our worship services and special events. We have now expanded to a full five octave of handbells so we can play a wide array of materials. We rehearse on Wednesday afternoons 5:00–6:15 P.M. Please see the Minister of Music if you are interested in learning to play handbells or if you are an experienced player who would like to join us.
First Baptist Church of Tellico Village understands the Biblical commands to worship and proclaim our Christian faith through music. We offer opportunities to sing your faith and to learn how better to praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Worshipers gather every Sunday morning to lift our congregational voice in praise to God. Our Sunday Morning Worship at 10:15 A.M. incorporates a variety of congregational and choral material, but leans toward time-honored hymnody. Knowing our people come from different denominational traditions, we strive to use a variety of hymns and music selections which support the theme of the worship service. Our sanctuary is a wonderfully resonant room that encourages strong congregational singing. The Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra provide strong support to our majestic songs of praise.
Each year the music ministry presents special programs throughout the year. The Liturgical year includes several major events – some with orchestra, some with drama, some elaborate, some very simply; but all thoughtfully prepared and appropriately presented.
Music and Worship
The word of God makes it very clear, "God inhabits the praises of His people!" And so, may our worship and praise be pleasing unto Him. He is our audience; we are His congregation of participants. Worshiping God and knowing Him more deeply is our ultimate goal. That is our passion in the Music/Worship Ministry, and we invite you to join us! We are committed to growing our hearts and minds toward God, and by example, teaching our congregation the importance of worshiping the Father in spirit and in truth. Music, whether vocal or instrumental, is our vehicle to achieve this goal. If you have an interest in music and you sense that this is the place to serve, please don't hesitate to jump right in. We know you will find openness within our various groups. Whatever your walk of life, no matter your level of skill, we have a place for you. We hope you will prayerfully consider being a part of our Music Ministry. Join us as we exalt His name together!
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16