WORSHIP AND MUSIC

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come into God’s presence with singing… Enter his gates with thanksgiving, And his courts with praise. Give thanks to God, bless his name.”
-Psalm 100

Worship

Worship at the Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone can be described as traditional and blended. We usually follow the beautiful reformed liturgy (order of worship) which has three parts – Our Approach to God, Hearing the Word of God and Our Response to God.

We believe the public worship of God on Sunday morning is the highest human act, as we extol God and devote ourselves to God in Jesus Christ. We hear and respond to the gospel. We worship together as one people, beloved and called by God to do God’s work in the world.

We welcome the involvement of laity in our services. Our worship has an informal feel and though we are serious, laughter often breaks out and our congregation is filled with joy.

The Worship and Music Committee is responsible for our worship services and we often spend time talking about our services and responding to the needs, questions and comments from members of our church and visitors.

Our church welcomes the residents of two local group homes who attend our Sunday worship service. They are accompanied by aides from the homes and usually sit in the back where it is easier for those in wheelchairs. They are an integral part of our church family and have been worshiping here for many years. We try as a church to be inclusive of everyone.

We celebrate Holy Communion eleven times as year. Our communion table is open to all who are baptized. Our church practices infant baptism. Children may partake of communion with the permission of their parents. We ask that the parent serve the child from the tray when it is passed. Communion is served by our elders to people in the pews, passing first the bread, then later the wine (grape juice). We wait until everyone has been served then eat together and drink together.

Our sermons are based on the Bible and rich traditions of Reformed theology.

Music

The Worship & Music Committee provides support to the pastor, the organist, and the various choir directors of Hillsborough Reformed Church for all matters related to worship life and musical ministry. Working with other church committees such as Outreach and Fellowship, this committee also sponsors a variety of musical programs throughout the year including the Messiah Sing-In Service, Hymn Sing and ice cream socials, handbell concerts, and organ, instrumental and vocal concerts featuring renowned musicians from Westminster Choir College of Rider College and elsewhere.

Hillsborough Reformed Church has a rich music ministry. In addition to the church’s Ruggles Tracker Organ which was installed in 1991, the church owns 5 octaves of Malmark Handbells and 4 octaves of Malmark Handchimes, all of which regularly contribute to worship. Members are encouraged to use their musical talents in worship both in congregational singing and in special music.

The Church’s choirs include:

Adult Choir – directed by Dr. Akiko Hosaki, this choir sings anthems and special music at most regular worship services between September and June.
Rehearsals: Thursday Evenings 7:30 – 9:00

Girls Choir – directed by Dr. Akiko Hosaki, is made up of girls through 12th grade and sings anthems and special music at holidays and occasionally throughout the year.
Rehearsal time is flexible

Adult Handbell Choir – directed by Carol Koch, this choir rings anthems and special music once a month.
Rehearsals: Sunday Evenings 7:00 – 8:00

Teen Handbell Choir – directed by Nancy Mest, is made up of teens in the 6th through 12th grades, rings anthems and special music at holidays throughout the year.
Rehearsals: Sunday Mornings 11:00

Handchime Choir – directed by Emily Russoniello this choir is made up of children in the Kindergarten through 6th grades and they ring anthems and special music throughout the year.
Rehearsals: Sunday Mornings 11:00

If you are interested in any of the opportunities in Worship and Music please contact our church office at (908) 359-3391 or e-mail reverendmueller@hillsboroughreformedchurch.org.