I’m dividing this article into two parts. Part A comes from before our first rehearsal, Part B comes after.
Worship Leading Choir - Part A
The best place for any human is in the presence of God. Everyone should have the opportunity to be in God’s presence worshiping with those of like faith. And we have good assurance that God wants us to seek His presence and will respond positively to our seeking. A clear example comes from Proverbs 8:17
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Fine words and ideas, but how do we put them into practice?
Whether you’re looking for a friend’s house in a new city, an out of the way pumpkin patch or the summit of Mt. Everest, the best guide you can ask for is the one who has been there before. It is far better to have a knowledgable and experienced guide to escort you to your destination than to trust chance, maps or gas station directions.
We are forming a new kind of choir. To my knowledge, this choral model does not exist anywhere else, so we’re blazing a new and exciting trail. Rather than sing from up front on the platform, we will sing from within the worshiping body. The foundational purpose of this choir is to spend time in each rehearsal seeking God’s presence together. We will spend time in prayer, feeding on God’s Word, learning our parts, developing our artistry, and becoming as excellent as possible. All of that will be in service to the mission of this group:
To escort others into the presence of God; there to worship together.
I predict that you wil be able to expect a couple things:
You will see people with music folders sitting among you singing their hearts out. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about the choir. If they don’t know the answer themselves they can guide you to finding it via the church website, introducing you to the director or inviting you to rehearsal
You may find yourself more comfortable singing out during worship. It’s always easier to sing in a crowd of people who are singing. Because we’ll often sing in four part harmony, you’ll discover there may be parts easier for you to sing when the melody is too high or too low.
Our first rehearsal will be (was) Wednesday August 25th. Frankly I’m nervous. I have found no record of something like this being done before and I have no idea what to expect. The one thing I’m certain of: God is in control.
Worship Leading Choir - Part B
These are the words that have been banging around in my head since rehearsal ended last night.
Rehearsal began with prayer, we warmed up, we sang a lot, we prayed more, we invited others to join us, we spent time loading Graves Into Gardens with meaning and weight from God’s Word, we sang more, prayed more, and went home. At moments, this tiny ensemble of fourteen voices filled the sanctuary with sound. I am beyond thrilled at the direction this is taking. I’m still scared, but that’s okay, following God can be scary. I am fully confident that this worship leading choir is stepping forward together in exactly the right way: Seeking God by faith in Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit.
I encourage you to consider singing with us on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Bring friends, bring family, let’s seek God’s presence together and change our world.