Anybody seen the choir???
Where I live, yesterday was a hot day - 113° hot. Pre-heat an oven to 113°, wait for the buzzer go off then open the door. Forget anything you hear about "dry heat." 113° is hot.
Even though it may not be as hot where you are, summer still presents challenges to church attendance in general and choir attendance in particular.
Choir members vacate, or decide to sleep late, or have to wash their car ... or their hair ... or their dog's hair ... or clean the dog hair out of their washed car ... or something.
So, you adjust the music program. You dream up ways it might thrive and grow during the hot summer. Maybe you start the "ya'll come" chorale with a 30-minute rehearsal right before the service, or you use more soloists (vocal or instrumental) or small groups.
But none of that works unless people want to be there. Why do folks keep coming to choir? Why do we say "yes" to the call to serve? I guarantee you it is not out of a dried up sense duty or guilt.
Part of it is pure dedication. Part of it is our enriching relationships with one another. Part of it is that we long to drink God's healing
Spirit in the river of community. Part of it is the joy of offering to God great music in varied styles. Part of it is just plain fun.
There is always a reason we show up - always a need - always a hope. Alfred Sacred Choral presents 4 new anthems to address our needs, our dreams, our hopes.