Music at All Saints
Music at All Saints Episcopal Parish provides support for liturgical functions in the church as well as support to the community of Hoboken.
The Adult Choir sings at the 11:15 AM Sunday service. The choir is a blend of amateur singers with a few professionals to assist with specific sections. The function of the choir is to lead and strengthen the singing of the congregation. The Adult Choir also sings at the community services for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Evensong services during the seasons of Lent and Advent, and the Great Vigil of Easter. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at 7:30 in the sanctuary (701 Washington Street). For additional information, please contact Joshua Mauldin, our organist and choirmaster.
The Youth Choir is open to all children in second grade or older. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:00, just prior to the Family Service. Rehearsals begin Sunday, September 16. Please contact Aiko Mauldin, our new Children and Youth Choir Director, for additional information. An introductory letter can be found here.
In celebration of the first 25 years of the ministry of the Rev. Geoffrey Curtiss as Rector of All Saints, a hymn was commissioned, with words and music written especially for All Saints by leading contemporary church musicians. The text is below, you may listen to the All Saints Choir singing it here.
Too Often, God, Your Name Is Used
Too often, God, your name is used to sanction hate and fear
so love and justice are refused to people you hold dear.
O never let us use your name to harm or hurt or kill
or consecrate a vicious aim as your almighty will.
But move through us in deeds that spell your name as Love and Light,
for faithful actions far excel beliefs that we recite.
Let naming you through how we live become our public creed:
the clearest witness we can give is meeting human need.
And keep us ready to receive the good that others do,
that helps expand what we believe and why we trust in you.
For where deep love and justice meet we see anew your face
and for a moment glimpse complete the world transformed by grace.
That vision opens wide the church to look beyond its walls,
to honor all who ask and search for where your Spirit calls.
Their questions and their wondering help us more fully claim
our mission as an offering that glorifies your name.
Thomas H. Troeger
copyright © 2004 Oxford University Press
(Commissioned in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of
The Reverend Geoffrey B. Curtiss as Rector, March 2005)