“All the music sung and played here is a gift, O God, from You.
For as long as we have prayed here, we’ve been blessed by music, too.
By your Spirit, each musician finds new depth of faith to share.
Music is a gift you’ve given and becomes our thankful prayer”.
Copyright © 2000 Carolyn Winfrey Gillette
Music has a central role in the history of the United Methodist Church and in the life of Ridgewood United Methodist Church. Ridgewood is blessed with a congregation lead by a dedicated adult choir, men’s ensemble, women’s ensemble, children’s choirs and instrumentalists who love to glorify God through music.
The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir participates in every Sunday service, alternating between services, except for Communion Sunday and special services when it sings both services. The Chancel Choir also sings at the Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services. When present, the Choir provides an important leadership for congregational singing.
The Chancel Choir sings music of many different styles, including classical, traditional, gospel, multi-cultural, and contemporary. Thursday rehearsals, 7:15 – 9:00 pm in the Music Room, are open to high school through adult singers.
The Children & Youth in Musical Worship
At Ridgewood United Methodist Church, the LOGOS Worship Skills groups provide a means to praise God and worship Him through music, puppets, drama and more. These ensembles offer exciting music/worship opportunities for the youth for fellowship and service to all members of the church.
Rehearsals for these groups take place as part of our LOGOS Youth Club Wednesday evening activities. These groups are supervised by lay persons and enhance the worship services throughout the school year.
RUMC Music Series
Ridgewood United Methodist Church Music Series consists of two divisions:
Arts in Worship Series: Special music of enough significance to be offered during the Sunday morning worship service; offered as extended
pre-service music or appropriately placed in the order of the worship.
Concert/Recital Series: Formal concerts, recitals, and hymn festivals by local musicians during the late afternoon or early evening hours.
Talented musicians enhance our worship by offering their skills in praise of God. Rehearsals begin several weeks before scheduled service and are held in the Music Room.
The Schantz Organ
The 3 manual and pedal organ was built in 1954 by the Schantz Organ Company, Orville, Ohio. The tonal design of the organ was planned by Dr. Louis L. Balogh, organ consultant for RUMC in collaboration with the Schantz Organ Company. The Formal Organ Dedication and Sacred Concert took place on Sunday, November 18, 1956 under leadership of Mrs. Jonathan R. Adler, Director of Music. Located behind the pulpit, the stop control of the organ is by 35 drawknobs, 18 pistons, and 30 couplers. The organ contains 1419 pipes comprising 22 ranks, a set of tubular chimes, a five-bell cymbelstern, and a Schulmerich Digital Carillon system.
The primary purpose of the organ is to support, lead and inspire the RUMC congregation and choir in prayer and praise through song in addition to playing worthwhile organ literature. The organ handled majestically can seem almost to speak with the voice of the Holy Spirit or can serve as the voice of a contrite congregation speaking with humility.