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5 Reasons I Love the Choir - Judy's Story

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Scripture is clear… "Sing a New Song to the Lord!" (Psalm 96:1).  The Worship Choir and Orchestra lead our church in worship at 10am each Sunday.  During the month of February you'll be hearing from a few of these "Lead Worshippers" about why they love being in the choir, and we hope you'll ask yourself if the choir and orchestra could be a great place for you to serve too! 


Shandon Baptist Church is home to a large community of believers.  As a relative newcomer, I was skeptical about being able to find a “place to belong” in such a large church.  My Sunday school class and the choir serve as anchor groups where I now know members and share life with others.  I am in the choir because I love to worship my Father God, music draws me closer to Him, and for these 5 reasons: God's Presence, Leadership, Family, Growth & Stewardship.

God’s Presence 

I feel God’s Spirit so authentically when I sing with the choir. He is so real in the music, and His Spirit moves through the choir loft like a tangible Presence. It makes my heart beat faster as we sing of our Father and how He loves us. As I am drawn closer and closer to Him, I worship Him.

Leadership

We are blessed at Shandon to have Scott Lee as our Minister of Music & Worship Arts.  He is the real deal, the one who always brings us back to the heart of worship.  He reminds us that we are called to set the stage at the beginning of worship services for the Spirit of God to permeate the sanctuary and settle into hearts that have been prepared to receive Him.  The choir sets the atmosphere for God to be alive in our worship service.

The choir sets the atmosphere for God to be alive in our worship service.

Family

We are family in the choir.  It is amazing to see what can happen when people of like minds commit to work together to accomplish God’s purposes. Voices joined together to sing about Jesus, His love and forgiveness or to bring Scripture to life through music. Wow! I thank God that I get to be a part of that twice every week.  Even rehearsal is a time of worship, as well as fellowship, for us!

Growth

Spiritual growth leads to increased worship.  Have you ever read or heard a verse from the Bible and found yourself mentally singing it or hearing it as a tune?  We are admonished in Psalm 119:11 to hide God’s Word in our hearts.  In the choir, we get to sing powerful songs that gifted men and women have composed with words straight from the Bible.  We practice those songs until we can present them from memory.  We hide the words in our hearts.  

Stewardship

Any time we please God by using our talents for His honor and glory, we are worshiping Him.  Tithing is so important to me since everything I have is because of His grace.  He has graced each of us with special talents and abilities.  He has given me the ability to sing on key! Oh how I love joining my voice with scores of other voices, united in gratefully giving back to God this form of worship as we serve Him.

 

Are you ready to join the choir? We would love to have you!

Take a test drive!  Join the choir for rehearsal on Wednesday evening at 6:35pm in the basement of the Worship Center (access stairs and elevators around the left side of the Worship Center), or contact Minister of Music & Worship Arts, Scott Lee, for more information: 


A retired educator, Judy Powell joined Shandon in 2009. In addition to singing in the choir, Judy also teaches a Sunday School class.

 

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5 Reasons I Love the Choir - Erin's Story

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Scripture is clear… "Sing a New Song to the Lord!" (Psalm 96:1).  The Worship Choir and Orchestra lead our church in worship at 10am each Sunday.  During the month of February you'll be hearing from a few of these "Lead Worshippers" about why they love being in the choir, and we hope you'll ask yourself if the choir and orchestra could be a great place for you to serve too! 


I sang in choirs and in musical theater most of my life, but after college I never had the opportunity to sing and I missed it.  I always talked about joining the choir at Shandon, but just never took the step to do it.  A year after we joined Shandon, the church announced that Scott Lee would be coming as the Minister of Worship Arts, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to finally join!  

I was nervous to walk into a room of people I didn't know.  Where would I sit?  How would I find the choir room?  Would I be singled out and asked to sing by myself?  

Within two minutes of walking into the choir room, someone was at my side helping me get signed in and gather the music for that night's rehearsal.  I didn't sit alone but with a very welcoming group of women who were eager to get to know me.  And no, I didn't have to sing by myself! And it was fun!

Being able to just sit back and sing with so many worshippers was something I had been missing, and now, five years later, Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week because of choir.  

Here's my list of 5 reasons why I love the choir, and why I think you will, too! 

1. I have a front row seat to incredible worship. 

As a lead worshiper in the choir, we're able to look out at the Shandon congregation as they worship along with us.  Being able to see everyone's faces while we all worship our God together prepares my heart to hear God's word.  

Being able to see everyone's faces while we all worship our God together prepares my heart to hear God's word.  

2. Rehearsals give me a weekly "moms night out." 

As a mom of small children, I love the opportunity Wednesday evening rehearsals bring to see and sing with friends and cultivate a hobby while worshiping and having some "me time." 

3. Wednesday nights at Shandon are family nights.

We love coming to dinner together on Wednesday nights.  My husband, kids and I gather with other families for a fun time of fellowship, and then while the rest of my family attends children's activities and Bible study, I get to fellowship and sing with the most wonderful group of people. 

4. Choir makes a big church feel smaller and more intimate. 

Shandon is a big church and when we joined, I never imagined I would know 10 people's names outside of my Sunday School class.  Since joining the choir, I've gotten to know people in different life stages that have become like family.  Now when I walk the halls of Shandon, I always see people I know...and that's because of the choir! 

...when I walk the halls of Shandon, I always see people I know...and that's because of the choir! 

5. Rehearsal is a mid-week worship service!

Whether it's a brand new song or an old favorite, singing with other believers on Wednesday nights at choir rehearsal are what I look forward to most every week. There are special concerts to look forward to and of course the Singing Christmas Tree, but gathering with such an encouraging group of people every week is the highlight.

Something special happens in that room every Wednesday night, and we'd love for you to be a part of it! 

Are you ready to join the choir? We would love to have you!

Take a test drive!  Join the choir for rehearsal on Wednesday evening at 6:35pm in the basement of the Worship Center (access stairs and elevators around the left side of the Worship Center), or contact Minister of Music & Worship Arts, Scott Lee, for more information:  


Erin Carroll and her husband, Todd, joined Shandon in January of 2009. They have two little boys and a third on the way.

 

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