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