Joyful Music at St. Edward's!
St. Edward's is rich with music. From our Sunday 10:15 Rite II service with full adult choir to our 2nd Sunday of the month Contemporary service, we have something for everyone!
We hope that you enjoy the music at our services. Many individuals from St. Edward's devote a considerable amount of their free time throughout the year to enriching our liturgies through hymnody, song, organ and other instruments.
St. Edward's is particularly gifted to have the services of Karen E. Waddill, Organist and Carol Cotnoir, our Organist Associate.
Thank you, also, to Patrick Ishler, Choir Director, and to Randy Westgate, and all the members of the Praise Band, who serve this parish faithfully each month in the contemporary service.
Please take the time to enjoy their offerings, and with us, extend our sincere thanks for their ministry.
If you are interested in joining any of the music ministries, please contact Patrick Ishler for adult choir inquiries and Randy Westgate for Praise Band inquiries.
The choir is very blessed to have new vestments to replace the old, mismatched vestments they’ve been wearing for many years. Memorial contributions, which made the vestment purchase possible, were made in memory of Arlene Carter and Jay Klick. The new vestments were blessed by Fr. David during the Advent 4, 10:15 service in 2019.
The picture above was taken on Christmas Eve 2019. Photo credit: Faith Ishler
Mary Ann Franck
Praise Band Members
Randy Westgate, Praise Band Ministry Leader
Randy Westgate grew up singing in the school chorus and playing trumpet in band. When he and his wife became leaders of the youth group 25 years ago at St. Edwards he took up guitar and discovered all of the great new "Christian Rock" music on our local radio station. Playing and singing these songs with the youth group lead to forming our St. Edward's Praise Band which has welcomed young and old to participate over the years. He also helps to lead worship at Celebrate Recovery LCBC Manheim and at chapel services at Water Street Rescue Mission.
Amy Swiernik, Praise Band Ministry Leader
Amy is known throughout the diocese as a lay leader; she is along-time member of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Board, serves on the Standing Committee, and has served as a liaison to the Commission on Ministry for the Standing Committee. Amy has also worked as staff member in the diocesan office as Events Coordinator and Assistant to the Office of Congregational Life and Mission.