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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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January 22nd, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Every time I return to Heartland I am reminded of one thing concerning their music: passion.

That word goes deeper than excitement. It goes deeper than hype. It is more substantial than mere emotion. It all those things and more.

Passionate singing is contagious. Passionate music is uplifting, challenging, helpful, and life-changing. When your heart is right in your singing, the passion will be there. At times, it takes a little reminder (like this note!) to remind you that passion shows on your face. It comes through the way that you sing.

When you concentrate, or meditate, on the truths of the songs we sing, you can’t help but be passionate about the music. Obviously, the music is designed in a way to accompany that passion, but the music itself is never to be the driving force… it’s the truth we’re after. As a choir we need to always focus on the truth of our songs. When we do, it will change not only the sound of our choir but also the way we sing. This is true for choir specials, congregational singing and other special music.

I would love to see the passion in our choir grow, and I would love to see it spread to the congregation. Particularly in congregational singing, let’s concentrate on our passion. It is somewhat of a vague concept to talk about, but everyone instinctively knows the difference of real, passionate music and music that is just going through the motions.

How passionate are you?

-Bro. Ryan

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY – If someone would like to spend a day in the choir closet combing through our music, please let me know. You would be researching and purchasing songs on the internet, counting and logging music and labeling current music. If you can help, please let me know a time that works best for you.

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