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5 Reasons I Love the Choir - Ron'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! 


If you attend the 10am Blended Worship Service, you may have noticed that the choir is growing!  I'm excited to have a front row seat to see what God is doing with this ministry, and the good news is that there's always room for someone else.  Maybe that's you, or maybe a family member or a good friend who loves raising their voice in praise to the Lord.  

I'm excited to have a front row seat to see what God is doing

If you were to ask some of the members of the choir why they enjoy this ministry so much, the answers and reasons would be many.  For me personally, here are five reasons why I enjoy the choir at Shandon:

1. Energy

Being in the choir refreshes me at the end of a long day or a long weekend.  Each of us faces stress and strife in our lives.  Being a part of the choir allows me to escape from the daily grind, relax, and enjoy some quality time praising God.  Worshipping and leading others in worship invigorates me and provides me with the energy and strength I need in my daily walk.

2. Education

Participating in the choir has expanded my music skills.  I'm constantly challenged to keep improving, to learn more about music in general, and to develop my singing abilities so that, through my voice in song, I can glorify God.

3. Encouragement

Being in the choir is very much like being in Sunday School.  We develop great relationships and the other choir members become your friends (and a part of your extended family!) as we each share praises of how God is working in our lives and we all stand united in prayer for God's intervention in our lives.

4. Enlightenment

Honestly, being a member of the choir gives me opportunity to be closer to my God.  It helps open my mind and my soul so I will learn more about our heavenly Father and His kingdom, and so He can work His will through me.

...being a member of the choir gives me opportunity to be closer to my God

And, most importantly...

5. Evangelism

As a member of the choir, I'm given the opportunity to use the talents God has given to me to help spread His gospel.  As choir members, we carry His message in song to those who are tired and need His strength, to those who are troubled and need His mercy, to those who are lonely and need a reminder of His love for them, and to those who are lost and need to find everlasting life in 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: 


Ron Hill and his wife Jackie have been attending Shandon for two years. 

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5 Reasons I Love the Choir - Andrea's Story

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! 


 

Andrea's Story

I joined the choir last summer and have been blown away by how much I enjoy it and by how much it has added to my worship experience week after week.  I decided to join because I love to sing--I am by no means a soloist but I can carry a tune and have always enjoyed worshiping through song.  I expected to enjoy the singing aspect of the choir, but how much I have enjoyed actually being a part of the choir has exceeded my expectations.  

Here are 5 reasons why I enjoy the choir...and you will too! 

1. The Fellowship  

Being a part of the choir gives me a unique opportunity to be in regular community with people that I might not otherwise meet.  It's so easy to stay inside the community we have found in our Sunday school classes or Bible study groups and not branch out.  I love that I have gotten to know other members of our church from all walks of life...they have been such a blessing! 

2. The view from the choir loft

Being a "lead worshipper" is such a privilege, but singing from the choir loft not only helps prepare the hearts of the congregation, it provides a deeper worship experience for me personally.  I love being able to watch the faces of the congregation while we are worshipping.  When I see someone who is so obviously moved by the music--maybe they raise their hands or I can just see it in their faces--I am often moved to tears by how our Lord speaks to people through song. 

I am often moved to tears by how our Lord speaks to people through song.

3. I love Wednesday nights  

Wednesdays are such a special night of the week for my family.  My husband, my 3 young boys and I eat dinner at church every Wednesday.  Having a night in the middle of the week when I don't have to cook is a blessing, and my whole family loves being able to eat with friends.  It's inexpensive and yummy!  My kids absolutely love participating in AWANA, and choir rehearsal is like a mid-week worship experience for me.  Wednesdays are fun for our whole family.  

4. It's about worship

One of my favorite things about being in the choir that I didn't understand before joining is that it's not about how strong your singing voice is--it's about worship!  I am by no means one of the "strong" voices in the choir and I cannot read music, but that's okay!  Often people (including myself) are intimidated by the fact that they may not sing as well as the next person, but the choir is more about singing with a heart of worship than it is about always singing the right notes.  The members of the congregation see our faces and our hearts when we sing.  They don't hear the notes of an individual, they hear the blended voices and united heart of the entire choir.

...it's not about how strong your singing voice is--it's about worship! 

5. Special worship events are so fun

It is not a requirement to participate in the extra activities outside of Sunday mornings (like The Singing Christmas Tree), but they are so fun!  I was so blessed last year by participating in our Summer Night of Worship.  It was the first extra event that I participated in and I didn't even have all the music memorized, but still the worship experience was more than I was expecting.  In the same way, the Singing Christmas Tree was an absolute blast and prepared my heart for the Christmas season more than any other year of my life!

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:


Andrea Martin and her husband Jamie were members of Shandon while in college at USC. After they married, they moved away but returned to Columbia and Shandon several years ago.  They have three little boys.  

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