All of life is a journey. Isn’t the purpose of the Christian life to glorify God? So it stands to reason that our entire existence is a journey that points to Christ. In essence our life should resonate with alleluias and praise. Since many of us serve as musicians in worship, how do we portray this journey to the people whom we lead. Our role is to help lead people in the footsteps of Christ. To bring him glory and praise as we worship together. I don’t know about you, but it seems like a daunting task to me. Thankfully, God does not leave us to do this on our own. Not only do we have the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, but we have our fellow Christians to work alongside.
The choir can have a significant role when it comes to helping the congregation move forward in their journey to alleluia. I see my choir as worship leaders. They are the most proficient singers in the congregation. Even if they are not on stage for a Sunday, they still have an important role as they sing alongside their friends and family in the congregation. I expect them to lead out when they are mixed in with the congregation during corporate worship. When they are on stage, every part of their being should be involved in communicating the message and glory of God. Challenge your choirs and musicians to really connect with the music on a deeper level for Sunday morning. It is too easy for our worship to become rote and routine. It takes work and focus to make that journey to alleluia each and every week. If we want to impact our people and community with God’s message, it must come from the depths of who we are!
1) Let a couple of choir members share during a rehearsal how a hymn or song has impacted them. Show your singers how music can speak to you in a very profound way.
2) Consider letting someone share a personal testimony regarding a how a hymn spoke to them and then have the congregation sing it.
Sing on, friend!
R. Kevin Boesiger