Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101

view of organ and entire loft





Musical Notes from Tyler

Dear friends,

Queen Elizabeth started televising her Christmas address so she could be more personal with her country. When friends ask us how we are doing, we generally reply with, “I’m well!” or “I’m fine.” Barely ever do we respond with more than that. I’m guilty.

Many of you know that I lost my grandparents five weeks to the day of each other. Everyone asks me how I’m doing, but my generic reply has changed to, “I’m hanging in there,” or “I’m taking it one day at a time,” or “I’m trying to stay busy.” I have played for many funerals and been there for friends and families who were grieving. But it is different when it is you…

I had twenty-five wonderful years with my grandparents and then with a blink of an eye they are taken from me. That is me being selfish! They do not belong to me, for they belong to God and now they are with God and free from pain. Their sixty-seven-year love story continues from Heaven.

Lent begins this month. It is somewhat hard to believe since we just celebrated Christmas. This Lent, I want to leave my sadness with Christ and pick up my cross and follow Him. God tells us to leave our sadness, our grief, and our worries with Him. I encourage you this Lent to pick up your cross and travel the journey with us as we walk with Christ.

I am excited to welcome back Ben Mauger’s Vintage Jazz Band! They will be providing entertainment during our Shrove Tuesday dinner (Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Geneva Hall). This will be a great way to transition us to Lent. Ash Wednesday falls on Wednesday, February 14. We will have a service at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary Choir will be singing.

I am aware that you have already heard this, but NOW really is a great time to join a choir! It is a new season, everyone is friendly, it’s a great time for fellowship, we ring and sing fantastic music, and the list continues. If you’re interested in joining a choir, please contact me; we would love to have you!

Alleluia Singers (Children’s Choir) – Rehearses on Sunday mornings during Sunday School.

Celebration Ringers (Handbell Choir) – This choir is designed for youth as well as adults who never have rung before. We will start with the basics of handbell ringing and gradually progress. If you’ve never tried handbells, but think you might enjoy it, I encourage you to try this choir. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch is from 12:15 p.m. –12:45 p.m.

Market Square Ringers (Intermediate / Advanced Handbell Choir) – Rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Sanctuary Choir (High School / Adults) – Rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. (snacks are included each week!) Instrumentalists – see me on how to get involved! If you or your child are interested in piano or organ lessons, I would be happy to talk with you about that as well! We have a beautiful space and fine instruments to study on.

Blessings, Tyler


Saturday and Sunday, February 10 (8:00 pm) and 11 (3:00 pm), 2018 — The Forum, Harrisburg, PA

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”)
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra


Market Square has a long history of excellence in its worship and music programs.  Sunday services are marked by sensitivity to the interrelationship of scripture, preaching, prayer and music. 

Our sanctuary is blessed with four of the finest keyboard instruments in the region.  The Aeolian-Skinner/Moller pipe organ contains 5,000 pipes and fills the room with sound from an advantageous position in the choir loft. (Go here for a slide show with captions: MSPC Moller Organ.)  Our sanctuary also contains our restored Steinway concert grand piano, a Hubbard single-manual harpsichord, and a Vági portative organ.

Our sanctuary is a regular venue for many musical events, including the Market Square Concerts featuring some of the nation’s leading chamber music ensembles.