Message from Pastor Elaine

Please click here for the Rev. Elaine Ellis Thomas bio.


From the Director of Music:

Greetings and hello!

With the arrival of the summer worship schedule, things have slowed down a bit. We are down to two services and the choir has recessed for the summer. I hope you too have time to slow down and to have the opportunity to enjoy things that are dear to you.

There is a saying that goes like this: “He who sings, prays twice.” It’s a nice thought but its actually a misquote and attributed to persons that never said it! However wrongly said or attributed, I think that there is a kernel of truth to it. Music, when paired with words, can strengthen the meaning and can give added importance. The melody and chords of a song or hymn can bring poignancy to the listener and singer alike. One of my favorite hymns is “All My Hope on God is Founded” by Herbert Howells. The way the melody falls and rises coupled with some unusual chordal progressions always gets to me. Or consider a choral piece entitled “The Lamb” by John Tavener. The text is by the mystic English poet William Blake. The composer so beautifully captures the mystery of the words and brings a new layer of expressiveness that the words alone cannot give.

If you would like to listen to it, here is a Youtube link:

As a congregation, our combined voices bring a sense of community. When singing together, in unison or in harmony, we affirm our beliefs and strengthen the bonds that bring us together. We enjoy so much rich music and liturgy handed down from our Anglican tradition. So next time you’re at church, sing out! Pray twice! Even if it’s a misquote…….


Joshua Mauldin

Music Director



ASEPMessage from Pastor Elaine