Paul McKenzie, while serving as the Director of Music at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins, organized a community choir to perform regularly at the congregation’s monthly evening choral vespers service. The group, known as Hymnus Angelicus, performed in a variety of styles and languages with a strong emphasis on liturgy and scripture. They performed once at Lake of the Isles in 2014, and traveled in 2019 to Ireland for a music festival. The Covid 19 pandemic and the director’s retirement, however, brought the group’s performing days to an end, but it didn’t end Paul McKenzie’s passion for music. He is now trying to resurrect Hymnus Angelicus and to make Lake of the Isles their new home.
Liturgy and scripture will remain important to their music, but there will be one significant difference. Hymnus Angelicus will be a part of our morning worship service, and their first Sunday will be for the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels. Please welcome Paul McKenzie and Hymnus Angelicus to Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.