WALK WITH ME: A REQUIEM FOR THE STREETS

May 31, 2019

This concert was produced in memory of the 59 (+) individuals who lost their lives while living on the streets of El Paso County in 2018. The concert featured John Rutter’s Requiem


A Requiem Mass is traditionally offered at a funeral service. The Requiem commends the soul of the deceased into God’s care, and offers an opportunity for lament and mourning for those who remain behind. 


In addition to the Requiem, we will share songs of both lament and celebration for our community. We also shared the stories of those who have experienced homelessness in El Paso County; and listened for God’s call on our lives to help house the homeless among us. 


An offering was collected with all proceeds going to alleviate homelessness in Colorado Springs.

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MUSIC AT FCC

Our musical and artistic offerings are robust and diverse, rooted in a tradition of quality. We value the grounding provided by our historic Hook and Hastings organ (recently renovated in 2013), a beloved feature of our Sanctuary. We value hymnody represented by The New Century Hymnal in our pews, and guests frequently comment on how impressive our congregational singing is. We worship regularly with a:

  • chancel choir
  • handbell ensemble
  • flute choir
  • children’s choir
  • brass quartet

and feature special services each year, including Jazz Sunday, Folk Sunday, and an annual presentation of a large choral work accompanied by orchestra. 


We feature artwork by members of our congregation and the wider community on our chancel during worship, and in our gallery space in the church's Atrium. We acknowledge and value the diverse artistic interests and talent represented by members of our congregation. Members and visitors often comment on the power and beauty of our music and arts ministry.


If you are interested in participating in our varied musical and artistic endeavors, please contact Emily Bond.

HOOK AND HASTINGS ORGAN

The Organ at First Congregational Church United Church of Christ was built by the famous Boston builder Hook and Hastings in 1888 and installed in the newly constructed church building in 1889. As most nineteenth century pipe organs in the area, the original organ was powered by a water turbine which is still in place in the building. The instrument has been updated and altered over the years and is still a viable part of the music ministry of First Congregational Church.The original organ had 36 registers but it was expanded and altered in rebuilds in 1952 and 1972. Today, the organ has 50 ranks and 38 stops with three manuals and pedal. Still behind the original facade; the organ was completely refurbished in 2013.


Organ of First Congregational Church,
United Church of Christ Timeline

MUSIC ENSEMBLES

We have a number of musical ensembles to join. 

If you would like to get involved in music at FCC, check out these ensembles and please contact Emily Bond.