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Being An INVOLVED Singer Takes Effort!

November 25th, 2016


When you look out at the people during our congregational singing, some of their faces can be a bit… challenging. Right? I mean… some people have some major indigestion, or they get their wisdom teeth pulled out every Saturday night, or they really like to count the number of LED can-lights in the sanctuary. I mean, there’s no engagement.

Others are partially engaged. They might be a little self-conscious about their voice or might be unsure of the song.

Still others are habitually engaged. They are singing AND counting lights. Simultaneously. This IS in fact possible, because we sing so many of the same hymns week after week, year after year.

Others, though, are really into it. I love singing with those people. They smile at the thoughts, contemplate the message and let it all show in their countenance.

Not everyone is in that last group, though. Very few people are in that group, actually. For many people, singing congregational songs is a big hurdle. They take the “I’ve never been a singer, so I ain’t startin’ now” approach. They are embarrassed, or shy of their singing voice.

Yet congregational singing is and always has been an integral part of worship. It’s the people’s way to express great thoughts to God about God and spiritual things. HE is the audience… not the others in the congregation. So HE must be pleased somehow, if He expects us to sing as a congregation to Him.

I think His pleasure comes from involvement.

Cue the choir. You’re leaders. You’re leading the congregation in singing great songs to God about Him and about other spiritual things. Where YOU come in is vital, because you help set the tone for the expectation of what the congregation should be doing.

Are you a partial singer? A habitual singer? Or an involved singer? Singing itself is not the hurdle for you. That’s obvious—you’re in choir. But being in that last category (the involved singer) still takes a good amount of effort.

– Bro. Ryan




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