Director Music & Worship

 John Marsh

 678.405.1034 (click to email)


 Music Associate

 John Burke

 770.449.1211 (click to email)



Sundays 8:45 a.m.


A traditional liturgical service with communion, choir(s), handbells or orchestra. Follows the style of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) and may include other special music.


Sundays 11:00 a.m.


A more casual worship service featuring current Christian music and visuals with full band and singers. Communion every week.





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Pastor Leland, April 22, 2018
Pastor Josh, April 29, 2018 (no recording)
Pastor Josh, May 6, 2018
Pastor Leland, May 13, 2018
Pastor Josh, May 20, 2018

Faith Formation

Sundays, 9:50 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

The hour between the Sunday services offers opportunities for fellowship and spiritual growth. Click below for more details:

Sunday Morning Classes for ages 2-12
Classes for ages 13+
Faith Formation Classes for Adults


A nursery is provided for ages 6 weeks - 4 years old, Sundays from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children will enjoy personal attention and age-appropriate activities in a caring environment. Check-in is through the double-doors on the right side of the atrium.
    Kids are always welcome in the Sanctuary. If your child gets fidgety or fussy and they need a break, there is a windowed Cry Room in the back of the sanctuary with rocking chairs, small toys, and an audio feed.


Music Lessons 

Christ the King offers music lessons through the New School of Music on Piano, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Drums. For complete details, see http://newschoolofmusic.com/, or speak with John Marsh.


Abendmusik Concert Series

Our Abendmusik Series of concerts, programs and special worship events seeks to present a rich variety of programs to the surrounding community and welcome visitors to the Christ the King. For centuries, churches have encouraged, promoted and preserved arts of all kinds. It is our mission to continue this great tradition.

Abendmusik 2017-2018 season

Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, September 30 - 10 am
St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for many things, among them is his love for all God’s  creatures.  Near his feast day, we  offer a short  service blessing for all our pets that are part of our  families.

John Burke Concert

Saturday, October 14 at 7 pm
John Burke presents his first multi-instrumental album, Superstratum. Fusing jazz, new age and rhythmic folk piano, it's a multi-layered experience, www.johnburkemusic.com/

Reformation Festival
Sunday, October 29 at 3:30 pm
We conclude our year celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther and the Reformation with a festival worship with aread Lutheran churches. Reception follows. 

Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, December 2 -  9-11 am 
Come join us for a refreshments  before we “deck the halls” for the  holidays. We will decorating the sanctuary  and getting all of us in the mood of this most blessed time of year.

Christmas Concert: 
A Victorian Christmas

Sunday, December 3 at 4 pm
Refreshments & Carols in the Atrium at 
3:30 pm 
All Christ the King groups are featured, and includes activities and generational interaction. Each 'segment' of the program takes place in a different location. Something old, yet something new!

Shrove Tuesday Jazz Concert
Tuesday, February 14 - 7 pm
(Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6 p.m.

The best jazz anywhere in Atlanta!  Ray Castleberry leads the Peachtree Band of Jazz in Mardi Gras favorites.

Peachtree Symphonic Winds Patriotic Concert
Friday, May 18, 8 pm
A wonderful evening of patriotic and Americana music in celebration of the Memorial Day holiday.  The ensemble has presented a wide range of concerts at Christ the King through the years.

Abendmusik 2015-2016 season
Abendmusik 2014-2015 season
Abendmusik 2013-2014 season
Abendmusik 2012-2013 season
Abendmusik 2011-2012 season
Abendmusik 2010-2011 season
Abendmusik 2009-2010 season
Abendmusik 2008-2009 season

A word about the inspiration for our series . .

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707) was one of the most renowned composers of his day. J.S. Bach is said to have walked 200 miles to hear him perform. An accomplished organist and composer, Buxtehude is also remembered for his "Abendmusik" concerts in the German city of Lubeck, where the Danish composer spent most of his adult life. Originally simple organ recitals for the Advent season, "Abendmusik" programs were expanded under Buxtehude's direction to become large-scale dramatic spectacles including solo vocal per- formances, polyphonic choral works and instrumental music. They were popular events, earning Lubeck, its church, the Marienkirche, and Buxtehude a prominent place in German musical history. 


Featured Music


The 11:00 a.m. service features current music;
the following links will help you find out more


Songs for Sunday

Never Gonna Stop SingingJesus Culture
DiamondsHawk Nelson
Lord, Reign in Me, Brenton Brown
One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails)Jesus Culture
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), Matt Redman
Lord's Prayer, Marty Haugen

It is Well, Bethel Music

My Lighthouse,  Rend Collective

Coming Soon

Closer, Hillsong
Come to the TableSidewalk Prophets

BelieverCapital Kings
Your Love Defends MeMatt Maher
Break Every ChainJesus Culture



My Lighthouse, Rend Collective

All the People Said Amen, Matt Maher
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), Matt Redman
What a Savior, Laura Story

Jesus Only Jesus, Chris Tomlin & Kristian Stanfill



Music Opportunities


Adult Choirs     

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>> Chancel Choir (High School - Adult)

This ‘traditional’ choir sings at 8:45 a.m. Sunday services and various special events. If you cannot be a part of Chancel Choir on a regular basis, please join our Seasonal Choir for Advent & Christmas, Lent & Easter, or over the summer. Choir sings through the summer.

Rehearsals: NO summer rehearsals: May-August; choir still sings Sundays 2-5 over the summer.

>> Life Song (High School - Adult)

Contemporary music team for the 11:00 service. You can participate as a singer or instrumentalist (guitar, drums, keyboard, other solo instruments). A brief audition is required. If you are not musical, you can participate as a sound tech, screen/visuals tech, or setup personnel.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (summer schedule alternate Thursdays: May-August)

Childrens' Choirs


  Judy Madson

>> Cherub Choir (ages 2-5)

Kids learn the basics of music, simple musical instruments and getting comfortable singing in front of the congregation. The Cherubs sing regularly at one of the Sunday services.

Rehearsals: Every Sunday, at 10:20 a.m. - Chapel (September-May). On summer hiatus.

>> King's Kids (Grades K through middle school)

This children's choir sings regularly at one of our Sunday services and various special events. 

Rehearsals: Every Sunday, at 9:50 a.m. - KidZone, at beginning of Christian Formation (September-May).  On summer hiatus.


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>> Celebration Orchestra

The ensemble plays once a month at 8:45 a.m. Sunday and various special events. All skill levels are welcome to participate. Instrumental parts are tailored to the ability of the participants.

Rehearsals: alternate Tuesdays, 7:15 p.m., Music Suite - summer hiatus (May-August): no rehearsals, play May 6, 20; June 24; August 5, 26.

>> Celebration Ringers (High School age and up)

The advanced handbell choir makes musical offerings regularly for worship and special events. 


>> Beginning Handbells (Grade 6 through Adult)  

Ringers learn basic handbell techniques and start with easy music. This is a no-pressure group that encourages participation from all experience levels.


>> Reformation 500

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A year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Special events will take place from October 2016 through October 2017.

Hymn of the Day as Reformation Inheritance                              
In a Lutheran seminary course on Christian worship, a Lutheran student asked, “What, then, makes Christian worship specifically Lutheran?” The professor paused a moment to collect an answer. Then he offered this: “I suppose it is the way Lutherans sing in Christian worship. But by ‘the way we sing,’ I do not mean necessarily the fervor of our singing or the grand repertoire of song available to us, or even the amount of music we sing in each service. I mean the purpose of our song is perhaps different. For instance, the placement and purpose of the hymn of the day are unique to Lutherans in the ecumenical shape of the Sunday and festival liturgy of holy communion.” 

The placement and purpose of a hymn that unites the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching for the day with the spirit of the season and the contextual character of each assembly is a Reformation inheritance. This central hymn is a communal proclamation of the gospel, parallel to the proclamation of an address given to those who have been called to speak such a word on our behalf in sermons or homilies. According to the rubrics of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the hymn of the day is a central element of the liturgy of holy communion (p. 92). 

Before the Reformation, extrabiblical texts were sometimes added to the alleluia that was sung between the reading from the appointed epistle and gospel readings. These texts, called tropes or sequences, formed a repertoire of sung proclamation to be sung by the schola or choir. In Luther’s modest reforms of the Mass, a hymn to be sung by the assembly invoking the Holy Spirit was placed between the assigned epistle and gospel readings. Further, a primary hymn chosen to correspond to the assigned scripture texts was placed either after the gospel reading and prior to the preaching or after the preaching of the sermon. By the time of J. S. Bach two hundred years later, this calendar of hymns appointed for every Sunday and festival of the one-year lectionary was established, such that the flourishing of works based on these appointed hymns resulted in cantatas and organ preludes. 
article by Mark Mummert

Music Opportunities