O Magnify the Lord with me! Let us praise His name together! – Psalm 34:3
David is credited with writing those words. David- the skilled musician who could play the lyre more beautifully than any other in Saul’s kingdom; the craftsman who built dozens of instruments to be used by the Levites in worship (and even invented a few instruments of his own); the prolific poet, the sweet psalmist of Israel. That David.
His playing could soothe the forces of darkness that clouded his master’s mind. One can easily imagine the similar calming power of his voice as he sang comforting compositions to his soldiers as they hid in caves from their enemies. Enormous crowds gathered at solemn assemblies to hear his voice. And nearly three thousand years later, his music still echoes through the ages: his lyrical prayers are sung every week in synagogues and churches around the world.
So why would one of the most famously talented musicians who ever lived want to share the spotlight?
Because David knew that the music wasn’t all about him. It was about God. His talents were a gift from God which he then gave back to God. And as profound as his talents were, they were not nearly adequate enough to give God His due in praise. To accomplish that, David needed the voices, and, more importantly, the faith of other worshippers. David needed the joy of other worshippers when he felt too defeated to praise. He needed the rest of God’s Beloved Family to share in the knowledge and fear and tenderness and strength and victory of God.
Corporate worship – praising God together – magnifies our love, disperses our gloom, and nurtures our faith. Together, we can raise louder refrains of joy, we can express deeper groans of despair, we can shout more pointed cries of injustice. And God can use each of us to speak His comfort to others who need it.
This summer, the music directors invite everyone to join in a musical cloud of witnesses. We are not asking for the most talented, or the most energetic, or the most charismatic. We are asking for those who have faith they want to express through music to add to our songs of praise and thanksgiving. Be sure to check out – and to prayerfully consider – taking advantage of the opportunities we are offering during the summer months. Come, magnify the Lord with us! Let us praise His name together!
Pick up Choirs!
Do you have a long list of excuses why you do not participate in music ministry? Perhaps you teach Sunday School and can’t stay for the anthem. Perhaps you don’t have time or a ride on Wednesdays to attend a rehearsal. Perhaps you need to sit with your children or with your parents. Perhaps commitment scares you. Perhaps you are too young. Or too old. Maybe you don’t like the robes, or sitting in the balcony, or singing songs you have never heard before!
If any of those items sounds familiar, then you have just run out of excuses. This summer, we will offer opportunities to join a “pick up choir.” On these Sundays, anyone who wants to sing along can do so. No experience necessary. We will meet at 9:30 in the sanctuary – not in the loft – and sing through a well known and well loved hymn. No robes. No extra rehearsals. No age requirements (kids can join too). We will sing the song during the worship service that morning. Then, everyone is free to go back to their families in the pews. And free from committing to a choir season! Talk about instant and consequence-free gratification!
We will offer three “Pick up Choir” Sundays during the summer:
June 12 How Great Thou Art
July 10 In the Garden (aaaand he walks with me and he talks with me…)
August 14 Precious Lord, Take My Hand
We welcome anyone who wants to sing. This is for fun and for our Lord!
A Call for Musicians
Anyone who is interested in sharing instrumental talents, or who would like to participate as a vocal soloist or in a small ensemble, is encouraged to speak with Mark or Treva.
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