Westminster Prez Galveston

5127 Ave. U Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 744-6510

Westminster Prez Choir

Join us on Wednesday nights for rehearsals. Rehearsals are open, and you are welcome!
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What Is Said

"Westminster Prez. one of the friendliest and most welcoming churches we have ever visited"

- almost everyone who visits.

Fun

Westminster Prez is on an island, so it makes sense that we would do a lot of "ministry" on the beach!

On Galveston Island

About two blocks from the water's edge, we gather to worship, study, have fun and most everything is accompanied by some kind of eating of great food, and ocassionally some really good coffee! (ok more than ocassionally)

From the Inside

A picture of the worship center, while it was decked out for Christmas. We had a great celebration, all that was missing was you, come join us!

Bibles Classes

Sundays 9:30 am class is currently talking about living as a community of believers and bearing one another's burdens. COME JOIN US!

Coffee & Such

Refreshments are served every Sunday in the fellowship hall, and more we get a chance to just hang out. Join us!

There Are Blessings

"I sometimes go days at a time, pushing through, one foot in front of the other, and I look up and I see the reality of the blessings that were there all along."

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Chancel Choir

Rehearsals are directly after worship on Sundays, and open to all. You are welcome to join us!

The following is an excerpt from an article in a blog suggesting that singing in a choir is a wonderful way to boost one's happiness. The article is a secular one, but the science is great. When you add to that the spiritual benefits of being involved in worship, you have a no brainer.

Music is awash with neurochemical rewards for working up the courage to sing. That rush, or “singer's high,” comes in part through a surge of endorphins, which at the same time alleviate pain. When the voices of the singers surrounding me hit my ear, I'm bathed in dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain that is associated with feelings of pleasure and alertness. Music lowers cortisol, a chemical that signals levels of stress. Studies have found that people who listened to music before surgery were more relaxed and needed less anesthesia, and afterward they got by with smaller amounts of pain medication. Music also releases serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of euphoria and contentment. “Every week when I go to rehearsal,” a choral friend told me, “I'm dead tired and don't think I'll make it until 9:30. But then something magic happens and I revive ... it happens almost every time.”

Ohio State music professor David Huron believes singing may generate prolactin, which is released in nursing women, and in tears of sorrow. Prolactin has a tranquilizing, consoling effect, and this is why sad music makes us feel better, according to Huron. There's even evidence that singing about death not only feels good, it's good for you. Researchers discovered that a choir singing Mozart's Requiem showed an increase in s-IgA, an immunoglobulin that enhances our immune defense.

It doesn't even matter if you can sing well. I can't. The best I can manage is singing in tune. Most of the time. Hopefully. One of my main goals in our weekly rehearsals is not being heard. Over the years I've become a master in the art of voice camouflage, perfecting a cunning combination of seat choice, head tilt, and volume. Luckily, in a 2005 study, investigators found that group singers experienced the same benefits even when “the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.” It’s arguable whether my vocal instrument even reaches that level, but I’m happy to reap the benefits nonetheless.

While any singing has rewards, there are reasons you should find a choir rather than simply singing in the shower and leaving it at that. Studies have found that group singing releases oxytocin, a chemical that manages anxiety and stress and, according to McGill University professor Daniel Levitin, enhances feelings of trust and bonding.

Music is an integral part of the worship life at Westminster Prez.  Our Chancel Choir sings during worship from September through May.  We rehearse on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Anyone interested in praising God through music is encouraged to participate.

 

Let's see just a little of what the Bible says about music in worship!

 

Psalm 150:1-6 ESV

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!

 

1 Corinthians 14:26 ESV

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.

 

Psalm 98:1-8 ESV

A Psalm. Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody!

 

2 Chronicles 5:13 ESV

And it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud . . .

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