One of my favorite things is hearing our congregation and choir singing together in our Sanctuary. Whether it is a festive, joyful hymn or a lyrical prayer song, it is uplifting. In her book Imperfect Harmony—Finding Happiness Singing with Others, Stacy Horn writes about singing: “There are other ways to connect with another human being, but few that seem to touch something that is so deep within us and is so rarely shared. Singing is the ultimate communion. You’re not just listening to the music, but becoming it.”
This month, our choirs resume weekly rehearsals with Preschool, Children’s and Sanctuary Choirs on Wednesday evening, September 7, and Vocare (youth) on Sunday afternoon, September 11. This fall, our Sanctuary Choir will prepare music for our Sunday morning services, beloved Christmas carols, and a portion of Handel’s Messiah with chamber orchestra for December 4.
Singing masterpieces of sacred choral music in our choir here can change your life—for the better. Our church choir rehearsals are really fun! I encourage you to consider making choral singing part of your personal schedule. It is a great way to rejuvenate your spiritual life, to be active in the liturgy in worship, and to connect with others in our faith community.
“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favor as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:11-12)