Advent embraces a liturgical approach to worship and music. In worship the congregation fully participates in the liturgy (the work of the people) as worship assistants, lectors, communion assistants, acolytes, crucifers, choir members, cantors, and instrumentalists. Worshippers who do not have a leadership role participate in responsive prayer, liturgical song, and hymns.

Singing & Instrumental Opportunities

Chancel Choir

Leads the congregation in song at Sunday worship and presents special musical selections throughout the year. Open to adults and high school students. Rehearsals on Thursdays, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday Church School Choirs

Music_CherubChoir_400x300Children learn songs for Sunday services and how they connect to the liturgical year. In weekly rehearsals, they also learn fundamentals of music, movement, and dance. They’re also introduced to playing handbells, chimes, and percussion instruments like the djembe and guiro.

Confirmation Class

Youth in grades 7 and 8 participate in worship by ringing handbells or playing various perscussion instruments.

Junior SCS Choir

Children in grades three to six sing during worship once per month.

Cherub SCS Choir

Children age three through second grade learn some favorite new songs and sing during worship once per month.

Instrumental Accompaniment & Ensemble

Music_Intruments400x300Musicians are invited to sing or play their instrument by leading liturgy and hymns, or expressing their talents in a special ensemble.  Rehearsals are on an as-needed basis.  We especially encourage our young musicians to participate.

Music Scholarship Program

In 2010 Advent initiated a “Music Scholarship” program for members of the congregation. Three scholarships were provided in this initial year with plans to provide a minimum of one scholarship each year. The scholarship will provide for payment of two lessons per month.  In return the recipient provides musical support to our worship services. This is a great way to promote musical education and enhance our worship experience.

Concerts at Advent

Music_Piano_400x300Advent enjoys several concerts per year, presented by outstanding musicians from around the Harleysville region.

Some of the groups who have performed are The Souderton Mens Chorus, Melissa Freilich (flute), The Perkiomen Valley High School choirs and jazz band, The Souderton Area High School Choir, “Seasons” Celtic band, Jazplash, and Pete Smyser with Ted Lis.

We also enjoy members of Advent who present an American Music Concert featuring Dixieland, Jazz, and other favorites.

Visit our Events page for upcoming concert information!

Music Staff

The Worship and Music Team oversees the Music Program at Advent.

Vincent M. Ryan, Minister of Music

Vincent graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. He is a talented musician, playing piano, organ, and a variety of other instruments. He is committed to empowering the people of Advent to participate in worship through music.

Carrie Ryan, Cherub SCS Choir Director

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her love and enthusiasm for children shine through as she introduces our youngest musicians to the wonders of God’s grace.

Pipe Organ and Grand Piano

The primary instrument for worship is the 1992 Patrick J. Murphy Pipe Organ.

It is a two manual, 14 rank instrument that was installed a year after Advent’s present sanctuary was built.

The sanctuary piano is a Cunningham 5’10” grand, purchased in 2012.  It has a warm tone that fills the sanctuary with sound, and is a fine addition to the music program.

Contact Vincent Ryan at (215) 256-9941 or email the church office at emarshall@staging.adventharleysville.org for more information.