PRAYER FOR CHURCH MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS
O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:
Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises
offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty,
and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore;
through Jesus Christ of Lord, Amen.
(Book of Common Prayer, page 819)
ORGANIST and CHOIR MASTER
Erik Pittman has been the organist and choirmaster of St. Francis
in Denham Springs off and on, for about 12 years. His first stint
was during the 1990s and returned in 2014 following a
broadening of his horizons in many ways, including service in
the U.S. Army deployed to Afghanistan.
His philosophy of church music mirrors that of St. Augustine
of Hippo -- which can be expressed as 'a person who sings,
Music is an integral part of our worship and the Anglican
musical traditions are the richest source to allow our
worship to bring us closer to God. Traditional hymnody
offers rich opportunities for deep and meaningful
worship by the beauty of the Anglican tradition
means we aren't just limited to those traditional hymns.
Helped by a reinvigorated choir, we continue to offer
worthy prayer and praise to God in our liturgies.
Erik shares his varied musical gifts and talents of
playing the organ, piano and cello in addition to
chanting and leading the choir. His joyful enthusiasm
is felt by the congregation at each service, whether
inside the church or standing outside under a tent or
on the parking lot, Erik continues to share his ministry
at St. Francis.
Erik playing at First Service
after 2016 flood.
Violinists Andrew Hyde and Sarah Pulliam
St. Francis is blessed to have our dedicated singers and musicians sharing
their time and musical talent to our liturgy.
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
New voices are always welcome.
Talk with Organist and Choir Master Erik Pittman or a choir member.