Robert Reilly - Raleigh NC Organist

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Wendell Christian Church

Wendell Christian Church

Organist Robert Reilly at Wendell Christian Church

Since January, 2013, I have been serving as Music Director and Organist for Wendell Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Wendell, NC. WCC is a small congregation with a big heart. You will not find a more warm and welcoming church family. If you are not familiar with the Disciples of Christ, I can assure you that they do not handle live serpents or speak in tongues (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The worship is Eucharist centered (Holy Communion every Sunday), and folks from any protestant denomination will probably feel right at home.

What the church’s little choir lacks in numbers and voices it makes up for with great courage and enthusiasm. A weeknight choir rehearsal is not feasible, so everything is learned on Sunday morning, and these devoted singers are always game for anything I throw at them! Since the church’s repertoire of hymns had been somewhat limited, both choir and congregation have welcomed the opportunity to learn some wonderful new hymns from the Chalice Hymnal.

The church’s Pastor, The Rev. D. Thomas Hill, is a kind and caring shepherd with great imagination and humor. His sermons are always provocative- you will always take home something helpful for your spiritual journey.

More than one parishioner has described Wendell Christian Church as “an eating church”. They will never pass up an opportunity to include good food with fellowship. In the short time I’ve been serving WCC we’ve already enjoyed a Valentine’s Dinner, a chicken barbecue and a Fish Fry. On Mother’s Day there will be a Sunday morning breakfast at the church.

The wonderful folks at this church have welcomed Julie and me with open arms, and I’m sure they will do the same for you, so feel free to come and worship with us any Sunday!

Here are some recent photos:

Holy Family, Chapel Hill

Holy Family, Chapel Hill

On September 23, September 30 and October 7 I served as Guest Organist at The Church of the Holy Family (Episcopal) in Chapel Hill, NC, while the church’s talented resident Organist, Celia Lata, was on a church trip to the Holy Land. I enjoyed participating in the church’s eclectic music liturgy, which included traditional hymns… Continue Reading

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 4

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 4

Sunday, August 5 marked my 4th opportunity to serve as Guest Organist & Choirmaster & Pianist at Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NC. I’m grateful to the church’s resident Organist & Choirmaster, David Ratchford, for another opportunity to perform with his wonderful choir and participate in worship with this warm and welcoming congregation.… Continue Reading

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 3

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 3

Sunday, July 22 was my third opportunity to participate as Guest Organist and Choirmaster at Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NC. It was a pleasure to once again work with the church’s talented choir, this time conducting and accompanying the Anthem, Cause Me to Hear Thy Loving Kindness by Raymond Haan, from the organ… Continue Reading

Macedonia UMC, Cary, Opus 2

Macedonia UMC, Cary, Opus 2

On July 1 it was a pleasure to serve again as Guest Organist at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Cary. I’m so grateful to this congregation and its Pastors Jesse Staton and Carl Clark for their kind hospitality in allowing me to practice on the church’s organs. This Sunday was an uplifting worship occasion that… Continue Reading

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 2

Front Street UMC, Burlington, Opus 2

On Sunday, June 24 I returned to Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NC as Guest Organist and Choir Director. It was a pleasure to participate in worship once again with the church’s congregation, talented choir and soprano soloist Diana Thompson-Brewer. I apologize to the choir for losing track of the time during our… Continue Reading

Front Street United Methodist, Burlington

Front Street United Methodist, Burlington

On May 27 I was the Guest Organist at historic Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington, NC. It was a pleasure accompanying the church’s talented choir, conducted by Lucas Cecil, and soprano soloist Karen Hovey, who performed a lovely Handel aria. I enjoyed performing on the church’s 60-rank organ, built in 2002 by Harrison… Continue Reading

White Memorial Presbyterian, Raleigh

White Memorial Presbyterian, Raleigh

On Sunday, April 29, I had the opportunity to serve as guest organist and pianist at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. It was a pleasure working with the talented choirs and gifted Associate Director of Music (and fabulous organist), Nathan Proctor. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the lovely music, and the experience was made even… Continue Reading

Macedonia United Methodist, Cary

Macedonia United Methodist, Cary

On Sunday, April 22, I had the pleasure of serving as Organist at Macedonia United Methodist Church in Cary, NC. I have a warm place in my heart for this congregation. When I first decided to dust off my organ-playing shoes, Macedonia UMC and its Music Director, The Rev. Carl Clark, generously opened their doors and… Continue Reading