Sanctuary Choir

Mark Ramsey, Director - Bea Towe, Accompanist



The Sanctuary Choir rehearses in the Choir Room each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All are welcome to sing in the Choir! Here is our Choir Schedule.

In-Choir-ing Minds

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Let heavenly music fill this place and all the harmonies of heaven be heard; let one grand song of praise resound, one alleluia! Let mighty organs peal and roll and choirs invisible be heard; let anthems grand now thrill my soul, one alleluia! O may we join the heavenly choir that through the ages will sing on; in praise to Father and to Son, one alleluia! 


There is no need to plead that the love of God shall fill our heart as though he were unwilling to fill us.  He is willing as light is willing to flood a room that is opened to its brightness; willing as water is willing to flow into an emptied channel.  Love is pressing round us on all sides like air.  Cease to resist, and instantly love takes possession. - Amy Carmichael


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Purpose: Flexibility


(Available rehearsal recordings are highlighted below and on the Choir Schedule.)

Hymns/Praise Songs: We Bow Down; Better Is One Day

Sunday's Anthem: Let Heavenly Music Fill This Place - Gordon Young (NEW)


  • Next Choir Social: February 13th
  • 1/26 FPC will host the combined Grand Canyon and De Cristo Presbyteries on January 25-26.  Our choir will sing for a worship service on Saturday, the 26th at 9:00 a.m.  We'll meet at 8:20 a.m. (robed) in the Choir Room.
  • 2/10 Sanctuary Choir Vacation Sunday. Worship will feature the music ministries of pianist Mary Beth Carlson (both services).
  • 2/23 Saturday, February 23: Sanctuary Choir to sing in the 3rd Mesa Interfaith Choral Festival, at Grace UMC, Mesa (2024 E. University Dr., Mesa, AZ 85213), with a morning combined choir rehearsal and the Festival that evening. (see Festival info below)
  • 3/3 Women's Sunday, with Women's Choir
  • 4/14 Worship at Pioneer Park, 10:00 a.m.



A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that the teller's name is Patricia Whack. So he says, "Ms. Whack, I’d like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long vacation." Patti looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow? The frog says $30,000. The teller asks his name, and the frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's OK, he knows the bank manager. Patti explains that $30,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, "Sure, I have this." He produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patti explains that she'll have to consult with the manager, and she disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000. He wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant and says, 

"What the heck is this?" (Are you ready for this?) The bank manager looks back at her and says: “It’s a Knick knack, Patti Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's A Rolling Stone."


  • 1/17 Mary
  • 1/17 Glenn
  • 1/21 Alice

Mesa Interfaith Choral Festival


Saturday, February 23

9AM - Noon Rehearsal at Grace UMC

(2024 E. University Dr., Mesa)

6PM Warm-Up at Grace UMC

7PM Festival

Choral Anthems

Let Heavenly Music Fill This Place - Gordon Young

O Love - Elaine Hagenberg

Praise the Lord (from Judas Maccabeus) - George Frideric Handel

Battle Hymn of the Republic - arr. Peter Wilhousky

Deep River - Russell Robinson

Let There be Peace on Earth - Jill Jackson-Miller/Sy Miller, arr. Craig Courtney


  • Pastel tops (and ties for men)
  • Any slacks/dresses


  • Barb's husband, Graham, throat procedure on the 17th and knee replacement surgery on the 18th!