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A Case for Church Choir

“When she said that to me . . . Well, if there were a fruit basket of the Holy Spirit, let’s just say, ‘I was not in the basket’!” Those words from a good friend in ministry made me laugh out loud because I have been there. You have, too. We all have been there.   I must rely on the power of the Holy Spirit not to punch somebody in the throat! You know

By |2019-02-07T08:14:30-07:00January 28th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 21

The week before Evangelistic Meetings I often purposefully design to be a more meditative service. Knowing that the following week the music will be very rousing, I choose songs and themes that are more contemplative and quieter. Little did I know how God would use the music of this week—the week before Evangelistic Meetings Sunday! Because I knew the rest of the service was quieter and more thoughtful, we started by ripping the gospel song

By |2019-02-05T10:20:40-07:00January 21st, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 14

Most Sundays, all goes well. Some things are better, some things not perfect. But it all works together for good. If there is a slip-up, most folks don’t even notice. But every so often, there are Sundays like today. There are several slip-ups. Enough that it is obvious even to the most unaware that something did not go as planned. Today was “one of THOSE days.” If today’s “oopsies” were a result of lack of

By |2019-02-05T10:23:00-07:00January 14th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Mondays – 2019, January 7

In the historical church calendar, the time between Christmas and Easter is called “Ordinary Time.” I always think of this the Sunday after “the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the shepherds return to their flocks.” You know, that first Sunday after all the celebration of Christmas is over? That Sunday that can feel as empty as the spot in your house where the Christmas tree

By |2019-02-05T09:24:11-07:00January 7th, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 31

Can I be honest with you? In private I call these last three Sundays “Twilight Zone Sundays.” As in “I am so out of it. I feel as if I’m double parked in the Twilight Zone.” In most churches, the closer it gets to Christmas, the more church family comes home. For instance, in another ministry, I remember watching my church orchestra grow and grow with better and better players until the week before Christmas.

By |2019-02-05T10:29:34-07:00January 3rd, 2019|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 24

The choir sang a “call to worship” from our December 9 Christmas Celebration—a medley of songs on the theme of angels. It started with sleigh bells introducing “Angels We Have Heard on High.” The second stanza mixed the meters making the song feel like the jig that this true carol is. Then the choir shifted gears a bit and sang a new, sparkling tune to the Wesley text “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” And the

By |2019-02-05T10:32:33-07:00December 24th, 2018|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2018, December 17

Our service opened with “Christmas leftovers.” Our church’s special Christmas service is early in the season so that our college students attending International Baptist College & Seminary can be a part of it before heading home for Christmas. So we began the service by singing the closing medley from last week’s Christmas “cantata.” It was a blend of several favorite Christmas hymns: “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Joy to the World,” and “O Come, All Ye

By |2019-02-05T09:24:11-07:00December 17th, 2018|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2017, August 28

Our Anniversary Sunday began with the choir and orchestra calling the congregation to "Shout to the Lord and sing a jubilant song!" So often in Scripture we see music used to communicate a call to action—in this case, a call to worship! It was great to have our college students back in the services today. Our first congregational song was "Victory in Jesus." Our founding pastor, Dr. James Singleton, loved that song and requested it

By |2019-02-05T11:38:25-07:00August 28th, 2017|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2017, August 21

In over 22 years of music ministry I don’t think that I have ever begun two services in a row with the same hymn. But I did this week. We sang “a Mighty Fortress Is Our God” last week because it fit so well with Pastor Mike’s sermon on Psalm 42. We sang it this week because I was challenged by this short article on the phrase for that hymn: “one little word shall fell

By |2019-02-05T10:41:20-07:00August 21st, 2017|Music Mondays|

Music Monday – 2017, August 14

Pastor Mike preached from Psalm 31: A Psalm in Times of Distress. This made choosing the hymns easy. We observed the Lord’s Supper. This made planning the service easy. After a wonderful TCA Open House on Friday night and a great All Staff Training workshop on Saturday, there was a little bit of platform set-up to be ready for Sunday morning. Not easy. I will be so glad to get my “stage crew” back in

By |2019-02-05T10:43:05-07:00August 14th, 2017|Music Mondays|
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