The music at First Presbyterian Church is diverse – traditional, contemporary, choral, instrumental, solo, acapella, and more – but universally high-quality.  Musicians and singers of enormous talent glorify God in worship each week, and we are blessed!  If you have gifts to offer in our music ministry, you are encouraged to contact our Directors of Music, Jack and Noel Wilds.

To get a taste of our musical offerings, or listen to a favorite (over and over), click on the links below:



“Gather Round Ye Children Come”    by Andrew Peterson, anthem of December 31, 2017, Joshua Sutherlun singing

“E’en So Lord Jesus Quickly Come”    by Paul Manz, anthem of December 3, 2017

“When the Saints Go Marching In”  (last hymn of 11/5/2017)

“Just A Closer Walk With Thee”  (Communion music of 11/5/2017)

“I Am Not My Own”         by Craig Courtney, anthem of November 5, 2017

Due to problems with the sound system, no music was recorded for 10/22 or 10/29

“In This Holy Place”         by Douglas Wagner, anthem of October 15, 2017

“The Time For Praying Won’t Be Long” by Howard Helvey, anthem of October 8, 2017

“Speak the Truth in Love”by Stephanie S. Taylor, Call To Worship, October 1, 2017

“The Harvest”         by Rollo Dillsworth, anthem of September 24, 2017

“Take My Life”              by Henri A.C. Malan, anthem of September 17, 2017

“We Walk By Faith”         arr. by Mark Hill, anthem of September 10, 2017

“Just Two Words”         by Herb Frombach, anthem of September 3, 2017

“Dry Bones”         arr. Berry-Musser, Stu Johnson, soloist anthem of August 20, 2017

“Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel”         by Greg Gilpin, anthem of August 13, 2017

“Shepherd Boy”         by Ray Boltz, Arthur Averitt, Soloist, anthem of August 6, 2017

“Song of Ruth”        By David N. Childs, Noel Wilds, Soloist, anthem of July 30, 2017

“As the Deer”          Arthur Averitt, Soloist, anthem of July 23, 2017

“Oh Rocks, Don’t Fall On Me”          Dez Williams, Soloist, anthem of July 16, 2017

“Piece Concertante”          Daniel Ripplinger, Trombone, anthem of July 9, 2017

“Let Us Break Bread Together”          Tim Altenhoff, anthem of July 2, 2017,

“My Shepherd”          arr. by Anna Laura Page, anthem of June 25, 2017,

“He’s Got the Whole World/This is My Father’s World”          arr. by Joel Rainey, anthem of June 18, 2017,

“Though I May Speak”          by Hal Hopson, anthem of June 11, 2017,

“Living Water”          by Tom Trenney, anthem of June 4, 2017

“Come Holy Spirit Come!”          by David Lance III, anthem of April 28, 2017,

Special music of May 21, 2017, Sung by Mendez Elementary Choir

“Hallelujah Mungu Wa Israeli” Anthem of May 14, 2017, Sung with Grace Notes

“Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove”          John Purifoy    Anthem of April 30, 2017,

“Meditation From Thais”  by Jules Massenet, Special Music of April 23, 2017, Noel Wilds on flute

“Hallelujah”       by G.F. Handel    Choral Response of Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017,

“I Will Rise”   by Chris Tomlin    Communion music of Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017,

“Mighty is the Power of the Cross”- Tomlin, Special Music of Good Friday, April 14, 2017,

“When Jesus Wept” by Gwyneth Walker, Anthem of Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017,

“Palm Sunday Processional”          by Daniel Greig   Music of April 9, 2017

“Ubi Caritas”          by Ola Gjeilo   Communion Music of April 2, 2017,

PPCP kids, March 26, 2017, Joshua Sutherlun on guitar

“Out of the Depths I Cry to You, O Lord”          Callahan   Special Music of March 26, 2017, Daniel Ripplinger, trombone

“When the Poor Ones”          by Michael Burkhardt   Anthem of March 19, 2017

“Blessed by the Bread”          by Mary Beall   Anthem of March 5, 2017

“Alleluia, Praise God!”          by David Hedrick   Anthem of February 26, 2017

“I Will Be a Child Of Peace” Elaine Hagenberg, Anthem of February 19, 2017

“An Offering”    by Dan Forest, Anthem of February 12, 2017, Keren Jackson, soloist

“Love Round”    sung by Grace Notes Children’s Choir Anthem of February 5,  2017

“Lord I Want to be a Christian”    by David Lantz III   Anthem of January 29, 2017

“Prayer of St. Francis”          by Allen Pote   Anthem of January 22, 2017

“The Greatest Commandment”    by Pepper Choplin   Anthem of January 15, 2017

“Here I Am, Lord”          arr. by Jack Schrader   Anthem of January 8, 2017

“A Cradle Carol”          by Dan Forrest       Offertory of December 25, 2016, Christmas Day, Deanna Lalich – soloist

“Meditation on Greensleeves(What Child is This)”   Communion music of December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve, Noel Wilds on flute

“A Hallelujah Christmas”    Special Music of December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve. Arthur Averitt – soloist

“Gesu, Bambino”    Special Music of December 24, 2016, Christmas Eve. Tim Altenhoff – soloist

Some of the music will be on the Sermons page as we have had services more than sermons this Christmas.

“Gaudette”         arr. by Mark Burrows       Prelude of December 18, 2016

The Christmas Story: A Christmas Cantata for Children – Children’s 2016 Christmas Program

“An Advent Prelude”          by Charles Callahan       Prelude of December 11, 2016, Noel Wilds on flute

“Advent Alleluia”          by Keith Christopher       Anthem of November 27, 2016

“Reap What You Sow”          by Pepper Choplin       Anthem of November 13, 2016

“At the Gate of Heaven”          by Craig Courtney   Anthem of November 6, 2016

“Do Not Be Afraid for You Are Mine”   By Lloyd Larson   Anthem of October 9, 2016

“I Lift My Eyes”   By Taylor Davis   Anthem of October 2, 2016

Special Music         Oboe – Emily Edwards   Special Music of September 18, 2016

“There Is a Balm”         arr. by Kevin Boesiger & Mary McDonald   Anthem of September 11, 2016

“Great is Thy Faithfulness”         Joseph Martin   Anthem of August 28, 2016

“O God, Our Help in Ages Past”         Charles Callahan   Anthem of August 7, 2016, Jack Wilds, trombone

“Love Lifted Me”         Mary McDonald   Anthem of July 31, 2016, Deanna Lalich, soloist

“Are You Washed in the Blood/I’ll Fly Away”         Prelude of July 24, 2016

“Here I Am, Lord”         arr. Craig Courtney   Anthem of July 17, 2016, Dez Williams, soloist

“Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus”         arr. Linda Harmon   Anthem of July 10, 2016, Tim Altenhoff, soloist

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”         by Robert Powell   Prelude of July 3, 2016, Noel Wilds, flute

“At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”         by Robert Powell   Anthem of July 3, 2016,  Noel Wilds, flute

“Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God”         by Getty/Townend   Anthem of June 26, 2016

“How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place “        Brahms,

piano & organ duet: Mary Ann Buhler and Carol Giorda, June 19, 2016

“What a Friend”         by Jeanne Shafferman   Anthem of June 19, 2016

“Redeeming Love”         by Page and Shafferman   Anthem of June 12, 2016

“Celtic Communion”        arr. by Mark Hayes   Anthem of June 5, 2016

“Mighty is the Power of the Cross”        By Chris Tomlin Sung by Arthur Averitt   Anthem of May 29, 2016

“Take My Life and Let It Be”        By Kurt Kaiser   Anthem of May 22, 2016

“Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove”        By John Purifoy   Anthem of May 15, 2016

“Lamb”        By Richard Donn   Anthem of May 8, 2016

Communion music by TC4 saxophone quartet  May 1, 2016

Prelude by TC4 saxophone quartet  May 1, 2016

“Fill-A-Me-Up”        By Pepper Choplin   Anthem of May 1, 2016

“You Are Not Alone”        By John D. Horman   first Anthem of April 24, 2016, sung by Grace Notes, Children’s Choir

“How Can I Keep From Singing?”        arr. by Taylor Davis   second Anthem of April 24, 2016

“Blest Be the Tie That Binds”   By David Cherwien   Anthem of April 17, 2016

“God’s Great Love”        By Dorothy Christopherson   Anthem of April 10, 2016, sung by Grace Notes, Children’s Choir

“O Love That Will Not Let Me Go”  Communion music for Easter, March 27, 2016

“Lift High the Cross” By Richard Nichols  Anthem of March 27, 2016

“Living God’s Love” by Mark Patterson, sung by Grace Notes, Children’s Choir   Anthem of March 6, 2016

“Follow Me”        By Lee Dengler   Anthem of February 28, 2016

“Hope of the World”        By Lloyd Larson, Emily Edwards – oboe   Anthem of February 10, 2016, Ash Wednesday

“Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ”        By Fred Kaan   Anthem of February 7, 2016

“Open Our Eyes”        By Will Macfarlane   Anthem of January 31, 2016

“Kyrie Eleison”         Anthem of January 24, 2016

“Ballade No. 1”         by Chopin – Coco Keerwang, Pianist – Special Music of January 3, 2016

“In the Bleak Midwinter” by Christina Rossetti – sung by Arthur Averitt- anthem of December 27, 2015

“Comfort, Comfort” arr by John Ferguson – anthem of November 29, 2015

“For the Beauty of the Earth”         by John Rutter – anthem of November 22, 2015

“Befriended”         by Matt Redman – anthem of November 15, 2015

“Just Two Words”         by Jack Schrader – anthem of November 8, 2015

“Give Us the Wings of Faith to Rise”         by Howard Helvey – anthem of November 1, 2015

“Praise Ye the Lord”        by Hugo Distler – anthem of October 25, 2015