Pacific Hills Lutheran Church has a rich history of music ministry. The 3 manual Schantz pipe organ in the rear balcony and the excellent sanctuary acoustics enhance worship and the music offerings here. Special seasonal services provide opportunity for using musical gifts as part of worship. The organ is one of two similar in the Omaha area, and underwent an extensive renovation in 2019.
Our Director of Music, Zach Hastings, conducts the choir, handbell choir, instrumentalists and vocal contributors to our services.
For regular worship services, hymns and sung Psalmody can be found in our hymnal, The Lutheran Service Book, the official hymnal of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Organ accompaniment will be led by Zach Hastings, Director of Music, beginning July 1, 2020. At times, when necessary, the grand piano in the sanctuary is used to accompany cantors and worshipers.
The Sanctuary Choir sings a variety of music that dates through the ages, each Sunday from the second Sunday of September through Trinity Sunday in May. Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings from 9:15 - 10:15 am. All are welcome to join!
Cantors, soloists who sing various parts of our service that are often assigned to the choir, are a vital part of our music ministry. These are volunteers who give time and talent in thanksgiving for the gift of music given them by their Creator.
Children and youth occasionally sing at select worship services. This provides an opportunity for instruction in the music and worship ministry, as well as for their direct participation in congregational worship.
Pacific Hills hosts the LCMS North Omaha Circuit’s annual Reformation Festival the last Sunday in October. In addition to the Sanctuary Choir and organ, a brass quartet and timpanist are added to the festival. Guest accompanists frequently provide vibrant music for this festival.
The Third Sunday of Advent is our service of Advent Lessons and Carols, when the service consists of readings, prayers, and music. Special musical guests assist with this worship.
Members of Pacific Hills have hosted Courtyard Jazz, a series of musical performances in the south courtyard during the summer. Visitors from across the metro area join us for free performances by local musicians in a casual setting.