Music at the Hills Church

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.”

Psalm 100: 1-2

Music at the Hills Church

At the Hills Church, we seek to experience and express joy in worship and community, inspiring and renewing our spirits for service to God and others. We recognize the vital role music plays and has played throughout history in faith, worship, community and life. While worship lies at the center of church life, music is firmly ensconced at the heart of worship.

Wonderful music, both in quality and quantity, is what draws many of us to the Hills Church, and is often cited as the glue that binds us together and keeps us coming back week after week. Music in all its forms is celebrated and cherished -- from congregational singing to children’s ministry, from professional singers and instrumentalists to the dedicated amateur members of the Chancel Choir and Hills Bells. Gathering as a people of faith joined in music builds community and connection in a natural and profound way.

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Director of Music John Finney

For more than 35 years, we have been blessed by the boundless talent, energy and commitment of our Director of Music John Finney, a true church musician whose faith runs as deep as his musical ability. He is recognized as one of the most important musicians in the Boston area, and was recently the recipient a singular honor: Choral Arts New England’s Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award.

We build community, faith and inspiration by sharing music.

It is not accidental that our Church covenant speaks of “the realization of harmony among the children of God.” The phrase is both metaphoric and literal. The “realization of harmony” requires a gathering of people, a common commitment, and careful and consistent listening to every voice in the group.

As Saint Augustine is reported to have said, “Whoever sings prays twice.” Alleluia and Amen!

Due to Covid, our participation in music has been somewhat limited by safety concerns, as you will see in the more detailed descriptions of the different programs.