PRLC Gospel Choir to Visit Trinity Lutheran

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir will be joining the Trinity Lutheran Church Choir during the 9:00am and 10:30 am worship services on February 10th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St SW, Lynnwood. You are welcome to join them there for worship!

Lutheran Summer Music Recital and Service of Evening Prayer

Join LSM alumni and friends for a recital and

service of Evening Prayer

~ Light reception to follow ~

December 2, 4:00 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Mercer Island, WA

Thomas Bandar, Viola
Executive Director
Thomas Bandar, Executive Director and Viola Faculty at LSM, welcomes you to enjoy a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach and more. Bandar maintains a dual career as an administrator and artist, and is thrilled to bring an Evening of LSM to the Pacific Northwest.

Rev. Paul Hoffman
LSM 2019 Chaplain
Rev. Paul Hoffman, formerly of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, will preside over a service of Evening Prayer in true LSM style. Rev. Hoffman looks forward to returning to LSM in 2019 to serve as chaplain.

This recital is free and open to all! A freewill offering will be collected to support LSM 2019. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, you may do so online.

Music This Month at Phinney

With Advent and Christmas comes some amazing music. Our sanctuary here at PRLC is a wonderful performance space, and the community knows it! We provide rehearsal and performance space for a number of community musical ensembles, and as a consequence we have an exciting line-up of concerts pretty much every year at this time. Here are some of the performances scheduled here this December:

Saturday, December 1, 7:00 pm

Seattle Classical Guitar Society

Annual Holiday Fund-Raising Concert

Sunday, December 2, 3:00 pm

Saturday, December 8, 7:30 pm

Northwest Chamber Chorus

Follow the Star

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 pm

Swedish Singers of Seattle

A Nordic Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 9, 2:30 pm

City Cantabile Choir

A Celtic Magnificat

Friday, December 14, 7:30 pm

Wellspring Ensemble

No Small Wonder

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:00 & 6:30 pm

Seattle SeaChordsmen

Holiday Concert

Monday, December 24, 10:30 pm

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Chancel Choir

Christmas Eve Pre-Worship Recital


Welcome Organist Jeffrey Cooper

Our new PRLC organist, Jeffrey Cooper, will begin playing in worship on the First Sunday in Advent, December 2nd.

Jeffrey began his career in Northern California with undergraduate studies in organ at Chico State while playing the organ for numerous local churches. Since then, he has obtained a master’s degree in sacred music from the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral degree from the University of Houston. During his time in Texas, he has been organist and director of music at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City, as well as organ scholar at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in uptown Houston. His wife, Anna, is another musical Californian with a background in fiddle and voice. Together they keep a joyful household (to say the least) with two daughters: Elizabeth, age 3, and Ingrid, age 1.

We will welcome Jeffrey, Anna, Elizabeth, and Ingrid at a special reception following the second service on “Rejoice Sunday,” the Third Sunday in Advent, December 16th.


Remembrance of All Saints

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday November 1, 3, & 4, 2018


All Saints Worship Service

Thursday, November 1,  2018                    7:30 pm

John Rutter‘s Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin funeral mass with two added psalms  – Psalm 130 “Out of the Deep” and beloved Psalm 23 “The Lord is My Shepherd”.   It was completed in 1985 and was written in memory of Rutter’s father, who died the previous year. In the first six months after publication it received over five hundred orchestral performances in America alone.  Rutter envisioned this work as a requiem for our time.  The beauty and accessibility of the music and the profound melding of text and tune have endeared the work to countless singers and listeners.

A Quiet Day For All Saints

Saturday, November 3, 2018                    8:30 am-2:00 pm

There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.
– Oscar Romero

All Saints Sunday (Nov. 4 this year) provides all of us with the opportunity to remember and celebrate those we love but see no more. But as we remember and celebrate, we also grieve. This year we are offering the opportunity for all who grieve to bring their remembrances, feelings of loss, and need for healing to a Quiet Day of preparation for All Saints.

Meeting from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018, this program will offer a time for prayer and reflection, a time to share stories of those we miss, and a time to sit in the presence of our risen Lord and allow his healing love to enfold us.

Whether your loss is recent or your grief has been a long-time companion, you are invited to take part in this experience.

All Saints Sunday Worship

Sunday, November 4, 2018          Services at 8:30 & 11:00 am

Our All Saints celebration culminates in Sunday morning’s festive worship.  We will remember those from Phinney who have died this past year, and we welcome new saints into the Body of Christ through the celebration of Holy Baptism at both services.  You are invited to bring photos of loved ones now deceased and place them on tables in the sanctuary. We celebrate the baptisms of Cassia Laudadio and Kincade Shutes-David.




Bread for the Journey Resumes Wednesday, September 12

Come join in this family-focused evening of learning, music, and fellowship! There are choirs and educational opportunities for everyone in your family. Child care is also available for our youngest members. Dinner is provided; donations are encouraged to help cover costs.

Please note that our schedule has changed slightly this year! The BFJ schedule will be:

5:15      Youth Choir,  Confirmation

5:30    Angel Choir,  Cherub Choir (K-2), Elementary Education (3-5)

6:00    Dinner

6:30    Confirmation, Choristers Choir (3-6), Gospel Choir, Elementary Education (K-2), Adult Education

7:20    All BFJ Classes Conclude

7:30    Chancel Choir


Pastor’s Page

Soli Deo Gloria!

It is not you that sings, it is the church that is singing, and you, as a member may share in its song.  Thus all singing together that is right must serve to widen our spiritual horizon, make us see our little company as a member of the great Christian church on earth, and help us willingly and gladly to join our singing, be it feeble or good, to the song of the church.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

I can honestly say that, in my more than thirty years of pastoral ministry, working with Valerie Shields has been one of the highlights.  Never have I worked with such a fine liturgical musician.  In leading the assembly in song, accompanying choirs, and mentoring persons both young and old, Valerie has brought heart and soul to her vocation.

Liturgical musicians are called not to entertain, but to lead the song of the assembly in worshiping God.  It’s a challenging task and it is a challenge Valerie has met.  It has never been about her. She is dedicated to the song of the assembly and helping the assembly sing.

Singing together in worship is a great gift.  Through liturgy and song, the diverse textures of life and faith are given expression and the mystery of God is celebrated not in one word or image or note but through many notes, chords, rhythms, and modes of speech.  We are blessed with a rich and full repertoire of hymnody and music, and with musical leadership dedicated to giving God glory.

It is such a privilege and honor to work with the talented musicians at Phinney.  Valerie has made her mark in helping us pray and praise.   Please join me this month in celebrating and giving thanks for her ministry among us.

Pastor Hansen

Celebrating Valerie!

Our wonderful organist, Valerie Shields, is retiring this summer after 32 years at Phinney. We will celebrate her ministry with a party on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner will be served and there will be a program with memories, music, and fun! There is no RSVP needed to attend, but we’d like to know how many plan to be there. Send an email to or write it on your Count Me In Form on Sunday mornings.

On Sunday, June 24, there will be special music to honor Valerie at both services.

Join with the whole Phinney community in celebrating three decades of amazing music!


Open Position: Organist

Who we are

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church is a vibrant ELCA congregation with a thriving music ministry integral to its overall mission. We value creative, liturgical worship which incorporates a wide variety of musical genres. Well over 100 people participate in musical activities and leadership of worship music regularly. Phinney Ridge is a congregation that loves and values its musicians.

What we need

A gifted and creative organist who will provide musical leadership for worship, and accompany the Chancel Choir (adult), Children’s Choir (K-6) and Youth Choir (7-12) in worship and rehearsals.

What you will play

Our worship space has excellent acoustics with a fine organ and a Baldwin Grand Piano. The organ is a two manual and pedal instrument with mechanical action and electric stop action. It was built and installed by the Schlicker Organ Company in 1973. It was completed and rebuilt by Martin Pasi in 1992 and has twenty two stops.

Who you are

  • A Christian who can encourage others in their faith through music leadership
  • Highly skilled and confident musician
  • A creative player of hymnody who leads and inspires a robust, singing congregation
  • Adept at improvisation
  • Well grounded in the patterns of Christian liturgy
  • Curious musician who appreciates, values and incorporates a wide variety of musical genres
  • Collaborative team member of Church Staff
  • Highly organized professional

What you will do

  • Select and provide organ/piano music appropriate to the liturgical season for all regular worship services
  • Lead congregational song for all worship services
  • Accompany Children’s, Youth and Chancel Choirs in rehearsal and worship. Gospel Choir accompanist responsibilities are open, commensurate with interest and experience
  • Rehearse and accompany small ensembles and soloists. Coordinate music for summer worship when choirs are not active
  • Schedule, rehearse and conduct instrumentalists for worship
  • Value the musical gifts that church members bring; nurture and mentor musicians at all skill levels
  • Meet with pastors and music staff for worship planning
  • Maintain organ and pianos and schedule maintenance as needed

Education and Work Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Music, church music, or other related degree and experience
Minimum 3 years experience leading liturgical worship with organ
Minimum 3 years experience accompanying musical ensembles on keyboard

Numbers and Benefits

Salaried position 25-28 hours / week
Salary range is negotiable commensurate with experience and skill level
2 weekly Sunday morning worship services
3 weekly Wednesday rehearsals September through May
Right of first refusal for weddings and funerals at PRLC
Continuing education stipend
4 PTO Sundays (Vacation / Sick)
Cafeteria Medical Plan available to set aside pre-tax money

Please send cover letter and resume to

Music Performances in March

Bach “Suites for Solo Cello” Marathon

March 17, 2018, 10am-2:30pm

The Seattle Violoncello Society is pleased to announce its 30th annual Bach Suite Marathon.

Johann Sebastian Bach composed 6 Suites for Solo Cello. Twenty of the Pacific Northwest’s best cellists will take turns performing movements from the Suites. We are so blessed to be able to hold this performance at Phinney Ridge Lutheran! It is free and open to the public. Tell your friends! Come for all or any part of this fun event!


Mirinesse Women’s Choir in Concert

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 pm

Everyone is invited to “Spark! To Music”, the upcoming concert of Mirinesse Women’s Choir, on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm here at Phinney.  Featuring composers from Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann to Eric William Barnum, Joan Szymko and Kim André Arnesen, this year’s concert program praises music and the ways in which music connects us as a community, soothes us in our sorrow, inspires us to act, and transports us to a higher plane.  Now in its 12th year, Mirinesse continues to thrill and entertain audiences throughout the Puget Sound region with engaging repertoire and gorgeous sound.  For details on other concert dates, times and locations, or to purchase tickets in advance, visit their website .


Northwest Chamber Chorus Concerts

Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.

Join Music Director Mark Kloepper and the Northwest Chamber Chorus as they continue their 50th Anniversary Season with music about life’s sorrows and redemptive joys. The program includes a great variety, from works by Schütz, Monteverdi, Elder and others, to spirituals and gospel songs.

Tickets are available at or 206-523-1196.