Let’s Talk About Choirs
June 15, 2011 3 Comments
Beautiful organ music, robed singers, harmonies. These are all things that come to my mind when I think about worship music. Anthems and arias sung by a choir while the congregation looks on, blissfully listening to the music being provided by these semi-professionals who practice weekly to provide something special for Sunday.
What happens then when your choir takes a nosedive?
That is the problem facing my church. We don’t have enough people to sing on Sunday. Those that have the talent don’t have the time and though I am trying hard to remind people that you don’t have to have perfect pitch to sing praise, it just isn’t working.
Thankfully though, this is one problem that we are working through with some success. Instead of twisting arms and threatening the end of days if no one sings, we let that time sit empty when we need to. Or, even better we have filled it with something different.
Our worship committee has invited people to share whatever they want as an offering to God on Sunday morning. We have had people come up and share stories or poem that they or someone else has written. We have people singing solos. Our music leader sometime fills in.
I think this has made our worship more authentic. We are letting those who would have nothing to do with music know that they still have something to give. Sure, on Sundays when the choir does sing we have people who sit and wistfully wish that they would come back next Sunday, but I am not sure I would want them too.
When did an anthem become the only acceptable way to give praise on Sunday? How do you deal with this in your church?