Advent embraces a liturgical approach to worship and music. In worship the congregation fully participates in the liturgy (the work of the people) as worship assistants, lectors, communion assistants, acolytes, crucifers, choir members, cantors and instrumentalists. Worshippers who do not have a leadership role participate in responsive prayer, liturgical song, and hymns. 

Music at advent

Music Staff

The Worship and Music Team oversees the Music Program at Advent. 

Vincent M. Ryan, Minister of Music

Vincent graduated from Indian University of Pennsylvania with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. He is a talented musician playing piano, organ, and a variety of other instruments. He is committed to empowering the people of Advent to participate in worship through music. 

Carrie Ryan, Cherub SCS Choir Director

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her love and enthusiasm for children shine through as she introduces our youngest musicians to the wonders of God's Grace. 

Music Scholarship Program

In 2010 Advent initiated a "Music Scholarship" program for members of the congregation. Three scholarships were provided in this initial year with plans to provide a minimum of one scholarship each year. The scholarship will provide for payment of two lessons per month. In return the recipient provides musical support to our worship services. This is a great way to promote musical education and enhance our worship experience. 

Pipe Organ and Grand Piano

The primary instrument for worship is the 1992 Patrick J. Murphy Pipe Organ.  It is a two manual, 1 rank instrument that was installed a year after Advent's present sanctuary was built. 

The sanctuary piano is a Cunningham 5'10" grand, purchased in 2012. It has a warm tone that fills the sanctuary with sound, and is a fine addition to the music program.

Contact Vincent Ryan at 215-256-9941 or email the church office at for more information.