'Tis the season, and this year we're not just having a kids' choir, but an adult one, too!
“And suddenly there was a great multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” - Luke 2:14
Advent is a season in the church in which there is great joy as we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus. The story of the first Christmas in the Bible is covered in Good News that the Savior has come. During this special season, it is fitting that we include special elements into our Sunday worship gathering. Music has been one such element that marks this joyous occasion. From Handel’s Messiah to hundred of carols, choral music has played a major role in this celebration.
The scene of the angels appearing to the shepherds in Luke 2 always comes to mind when I think of Christmas choirs. The host of singers who join their voices together to worship God is a taste of what occurred on that first Christmas night, and a shadow of what is to come when we come to our heavenly rest. We experience a bit of the eternal glory that we enjoy in Christ and will continue to experience with Him and the saints forever.
It has been one of the greatest joys in my life to sing in many choirs to worship God through song. It’s a wonderful sound that when harmonies are made with our voices. God is glorified when we lift our praises to Him.
Teaching our children Christmas carols each year gives them the words to speak and sing worship to God at Advent. It’s half equipping the saints for those who believe and half mission for the children who have not declared faith in Jesus. We show them that the most important thing about this season is Jesus and celebrating his birth above all else. Including the children in Sunday worship teaches them that they matter to God, they matter to our church, and we want to hear their voices. It may be the first time for many to find that they have a musical gift, which we want to continue to teach and train them how to use their gift for God’s glory.
This year, adding an adult choir provides an opportunity to worship God as individuals who are gifted in leading worship through song, to connect with others with the same gifting, and edify the church by sharing that gift. A choir is a great fit for many who want to make a joyful, beautiful noise in worship but may not want to sing solo into a mic. The gathering of a choir is also a missional effort, as church members can invite friends and neighbors to join them in singing, or to come hear the choir sing on Sunday. The choral experience may be the very thing that God uses to bring souls to Christ.
- Erica Calvert
Kids Choir // Sunday, December 9th
Adult Choir // Sunday, December 16th