Think for a minute about all the ways that music blesses your worship. Whether it is singing an old familiar hymn, listening to the ringing chimes, the children’s choir, or one of the adult choirs, what does the music add for you? Music touches us in ways that nothing else can. An old familiar hymn can carry us back to a place in our childhood, wash over us with a wave of comfort during trouble times, and make our heart soar with gratitude and praise. The unfamiliarity of a new hymn allows us to focus on what we are actually singing to our Lord in song, and there are some beautiful new hymns being written. Some are destined to become our children and grandchildren’s ‘old familiar’ hymns. The beauty of the music from the chimes choir can set the mood for a contemplative moment with our Lord. The songs that the children bring are fun and upbeat and remind us that our church is not a dead and stagnant entity, but a vibrant and growing congregation for our God. And, finally, the offerings of the adult choirs, with their range of old gospel hymns to newer contemporary music enrich our services with their message.
There was a time in this church not so many years ago when there was no choir and very little special music. Worship was, for me, lacking something because of the music drought. I spent quite a few months praying over whether I was talented enough to lead a choir. I am a self-taught musician and was plagued by doubts and lack of confidence. God finally put it upon my heart to take that first step and do it for His glory. The rest is history - we have much music in our church now, thanks to a talented and dedicated group of musicians who make it all possible, and a heart that was finally ready to say ‘okay, Lord, use me and whatever talents you have given me for your glory‘. So I ask you to consider - what is it God is calling YOU to do for our church? Don’t be afraid to take that first step in service to Him. He will bless your efforts and give you what you need. It won’t always be easy, but it WILL always bless you, even when it is scary. As the old saying goes “God does not call the equipped, He equips those He calls”.