Six-church male chorus at Holy Cross Lutheran


An 80-voice male chorus will sing Sunday, Jan. 15, at services at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3425 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne. The Mannerchor will sing at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.

Various hymns and anthems will be offered, including a new Thaxted tune arrangement of the “Te Deum” by Kantor Kevin Hildebrand, Concordia Theological Seminary. Hildebrand will also be the guest organist for those services along with brass and timpani. Jonathan Busarow, executive artistic director for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, will serve as guest soloist.

All are invited.

Holy Cross’s senior pastor, the Rev. Thomas Ahlersmeyer, will share the Gospel found in John 1:38, 39, “What are you seeking? Come, and you will see.”

Twenty-nine years ago the male chorus of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, Mich., combined forces with the male chorus from St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester, Mich., to form a large choir, and they went on to sing one Sunday in January in each other’s churches for 17 years. Gradually, other congregations joined their ranks. Today the group also includes voices from Holy Cross in Fort Wayne and from three other Michigan churches: Faith, Grand Blanc; St. Stephen, Waterford; and Christ Our Savior, Livonia.

This weekend marks the Mannerchor’s first visit to Fort Wayne.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Mannerchor will tape for “Worship for Shut-Ins,” programming sponsored by Lutheran Ministries Inc., Fort Wayne.