The Choir (Part 1): I Still Believe

When it comes to music in the church, I’m from the old-school. I was raised on the Baptist church choir and, for all intents and purposes, I still believe in the power of what a choir can do. I know I’ve talked about this in a previous blog (please see https://lunsfordenterprises.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/the-power-of-the-choir/ ), but I wanted to come back to this subject one more time and go in a little bit deeper. The generally accepted definition for a “choir” is “an organized company of singers (as in a church service).” While that is true, that definition is a little sterile for my taste. The choir is so much more than just an organization of singers especially when it comes to the ministry of the Gospel through song. I did find a definition/explanation that I love in regards to the role and function of the church choir from the “Evangelical Lutheran Church in America” website:

“The choir is that portion of the congregation that is trained and rehearsed for the specific task of leading the sung prayer and praise of the people. Choir leaders will want to help the whole congregation to develop a clear understanding of the choir’s role in the liturgy and its importance for the worship life of those assembled. In order to fulfill this calling, all choirs, no matter how large or small, no matter how limited or great their skill, will strive for excellence in all that they do.”

To read the entire article, please click on the link: http://www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Worship/Learning-Center/FAQs/Role-of-the-Choir.aspx

So when you know the power of what a choir can do, what the purpose of a choir is, and how it not only serves as a leading voice in the praise and worship of a church congregation, how can you NOT believe in the church choir? More to come on this subject. Stay tuned.

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Thinking… It’s Critical

Are you a critical thinker? Do you know what a critical thinker is? The best definition I could find comes from a statement by Michael Scriven and Richard Paul (presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Education Reform, Summer 1987): Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. That’s a lot of words to simply say “Hey… I thought about this for a little while beyond the commercial break.” I like to think of myself as a critical thinker. In my opinion, trying to come up with the possibilities that no one else thought of shows that effort is being put forth and that level of thought can oftentimes be invaluable depending on the situation (and as long as it doesn’t lead to “analysis paralysis”).

Here is a link to a YouTube video that talks about critical thinking as it exists in the U.S. educational system. This is Sir Ken Robinson and his viewpoint on the whole matter is interesting (to say the least). If you have the time, you owe it to yourself to check out the whole video.

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Align With God’s Purpose

Just wanted to share this bit of wisdom that I picked up today. Enjoy.

“God’s not going to change his purposes. If God and I are out of harmony, guess who’s going to change? There’s only one option. I have to change… living out of harmony with God, especially if you’re a Spirit baptized believer, is painful… but how can we be in harmony? The answer is align with God’s purpose.” -Derek Prince

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Good Advice Is Medicine For The Soul

I feel like I’ve been sick for the entire month of March (which is why I’ve been missing in “blog action” for a minute) so I’m glad to see April pop up on my calendar. For a while I was wondering if it was my imagination or not, but I felt like everywhere I went sounded like the waiting room at the doctor’s office. A cacophony of coughing. A symphony of sinuses. A composition of germy competition. Quite nasty… and the sad part was that I was a part of it. So while I did my due diligence in getting medication and more medication and more medication (to the point where my pharmacist was like “Back again so soon?”), the best medication I received was on Easter Sunday from an older relative of mine. She said “You need to slow down.” The premise was simply that if I continue at the pace I’m currently at, then my body won’t have any energy left to fight off any kind of sickness. I already knew that was true deep in the back of my mind, but hearing that bit of advice again was a great prescription for my soul. So, to everybody reading this… if you happen to be suffering from “Dotoomuchitis” (like me), then take the advice given to me… SLOW DOWN! You can’t fight the good fight if you have nothing to fight with.

What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.