Music has always played an important part in our church’s services of worship. From the Records of the Pembroke Society for the Reformation of Morals, we read:
January 7, 1819. Resolved that Sacred Music, both in relation to the church and the civil community, is of great importance, and therefore, that the late exertions to improve this part of the public service merits improving their talents with a view to serve the church and congregation in this divine art, have a just claim to our grateful acknowledgements and increased patronage.
And, a report from 1884:
1884 – The organ having given out, a number of times during the fall and winter of 1882, gave out entirely at a Sunday School concert on Easter Sun., April 1883. On being examined, it was found impossible to repair it and it was decided to buy a new one of Hook & Hastings, Boston, if the money could be raised. Geo. P. Little at once, began to solicit subscriptions, and as soon as enough was pledged, to warrent success, Geo. P. Little and Henry T. Simpson, were chosen a committee to sell the old organ and get it.
52 contributions, ranging from $122.72 from the Ladies Social Circle down to $1.00 were received. The total raised was $1,129.22. The organ cost $1250. with a $150 discount for a total of $1100. Total expenses came to $1,129.22, including $7 for Prof. Morey for concert.
This certainly proved to be a good investment, for this is the same organ in use today…over 100 years of service!
Music continues to be a significant part of our worship. Our choir directors, organists and choirs have provided us with that venerable element that makes worship such a meaningful experience.