It’s time to think about Christmas | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | August 21, 2016 10:30 am
Last Updated: August 21, 2016 at 9:34 am
Summer is over and school is back in session. At my house, that means Christmas music. Yes, Christmas music. It’s time to start practicing and preparing for the special music that will be presented during the month of December. The director of the Voices of Colleton Community Choir, who also happens to be my husband, started thinking about this year’s presentation almost as soon as the final note was sung last year.
I love being a part of the Community Choir. I have met so many people whose lives don’t intersect with mine at any other time, but because of the choir, they have become my friends. People from all walks of life, different neighborhoods, and a variety of churches and denominations make up the roster. Everyone is welcome. When I talk about the Community Choir, I always tell people that joining together gives us the opportunity to do something bigger than any of us could do on our own. It’s a wonderful experience to be with all of these different people and the Christmas music adds even more excitement.
There are a few individuals in the choir who can sing like angels. There are also a bunch of us that simply like being around people who sing like angels. When we get together to sing, it’s like a little bit of what I think heaven will be. The other thing I always say when I’m talking about singing in the choir is that I don’t sing in the choir because I’m good at it. I sing in the choir because music is the thing that speaks to the deepest caverns of my heart.
Sometimes in modern worship, we let others do the singing for us. Maybe we think our singing isn’t good enough. Maybe we think the worship leader’s singing is hard to follow. Maybe we think it’s too intimidating to sing in public. Maybe we should consider what God thinks about those things.
God’s word through Zephaniah says to sing and shout out loud, be glad and rejoice with all your heart. The reaction that follows is this: “He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3: 17)
When you sing loud and praise God, He answers back with His singing voice. Can you even imagine the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords singing? How about Him singing over you? It’s a humbling thing to think about, but He’s listening for that humble singing.
The first meeting of the Community Choir for this season is scheduled Sunday Aug. 21 at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church. We would love to have you join us. Come and see for yourself. Maybe I should say, come and sing for yourself.
(Nancy Davis attends First Baptist Church of Walterboro, where her husband Scott, is the minister of music. Reach her at email@example.com.)