Martin Luther considered music a gift from God second only to the Word of God.

At Augsburg we treasure our rich musical heritage and our worship is filled with music. The congregation sings liturgy, hymns, and psalms, while adult, youth, and children’s choirs, and handbell choirs, all share their love of making a musical offering to God and leading worship in Augsburg’s services.

Both of the Sunday services celebrate Holy Communion and use a number of liturgical settings which rotate through the church’s seasons. Augsburg’s Cantor (meaning “leader of the people’s song”) is our organist, choir director and primary musician, leading our choirs and congregation in a wide range of music.

Our congregational, choral, and instrumental music comes in many styles, including chant, German/Lutheran chorales, African-American spirituals, and music written by great composers living today. Instruments used in our sanctuary include a forty-five rank Casavant/Létourneau organ, a Mason & Hamlin grand piano, a Thomas Pixton harpsichord, and a four-octave set of Malmark handbells and a four-octave set of Malmark choirchimes.

Music ministries are central to worship at Augsburg

Augsburg Lutheran Church has a rich tradition of music ministry. Cantor Timothy Olsen is organist, choir director for the adult choirs, and responsible for all music ministries. Handbell choirs are directed by Christin Barnhardt. Our music ministries include student musicians at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Salem College through our organ intern and choral intern programs.

Adult Choir I

Thursdays 6:15p-7:30p in the Adult Choir Room

Leads the 8:30am worship service

Rehearsals led by Timothy Olsen

Adult Choir II

Wednesdays 7:00p-8:30p in the Adult Choir Room

Leads the 11:00am worship service

Rehearsals led by Timothy Olsen

Adult Handbell Choir – Youth Welcome!

Mondays 6:15p-7:15p in the Handbell Rehearsal Room

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