We are forming a Summer “Pick-Up” Choir again this Summer. With rehearsal Sundays at 8:00am, the choir will provide musical support for both the 9:00 and 10:30 worship services. Dates for this year’s Summer Choir are June 9, and July 14. Regular choir rehearsals for all adult choirs resume on August 7, with the choirs singing in worship August 11. Email Pastor Michael in the Church Office for more information.
Music is a vital part of Worship at Dayspring. Music can inspire and uplift. It can soothe and comfort. It can touch us in a way that nothing else can. Music is a gift from God that enables both participants and listeners to focus and be open to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Music provides an unique outreach extending far beyond our Sanctuary doors. Music is an exceptionally fulfilling way to serve the Lord, our church and each other.
We provide a wide variety of musical options for all ages. After examining the following music ministries, please give careful consideration to where you might be of best service. We are always happy to welcome those desiring to unite with our musical family.
(3 – 6 years)
Imprinted on the Choir Room wall is this phrase, “Music expresses the joy of the soul.” Needless to say, this has practically become a mantra for me. The church, of course, concerns itself with the relative “health” of our souls, and I believe that without joy, our work as music “ministers” is without real validity.
Victor Hugo wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Indeed, even without words or lyrics we have all had some emotional reaction to music. Additionally, in the church, we are often linking our music to the message, God’s Word for us, which can increase the emotional reaction two-fold or more. For some it is stronger than others, but I still believe that the power is universal.
Several people shared with me a segment of the television show 60 Minutes which aired twice over the past season. The story was about the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra in the Congo. Begun by an unemployed man who neither played an instrument nor read music, the Kinshasa Symphony is truly a miracle. Learning first the piano, then the violin and other instruments, he created a vehicle where others like him could learn to play an instrument, enabling them to create something truly beautiful, enriching their lives and the lives of all who heard them. Ultimately expanding to include a Symphonic Chorus, they now perform works like “Carmina Burana” and Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony.”
But the real miracle was not in the music that was created out of relative nothingness, but the joy it has brought the participants. One after another, the musicians shared their experiences, completely astonishing us with the hardships they endure to participate. One young woman must bring her three small children with her to all lessons and rehearsals. A pair of brothers walk a total of three hours through the worst possible conditions every day to make rehearsals. But it was not the sacrifices that made the greatest impression, but rather the joy visible on their faces as they talked about the orchestra and what it has meant to them. One young man could quote the date he began in the orchestra, even though it had been years. He shared that the start date for the orchestra was for him, like the day of his birth; the day his life truly began.
We live in a society where we are surrounded by music. From the grocery store to the gas station, popular tunes continually assault our senses, to the point that music in our lives becomes nothing more than background. But watching the 60 Minutes piece reminds us that the power of music is far greater than mere background. And at Dayspring, we offer many ways to find, experience and express the joy. From the tiniest Cherub Choir member, to the Celebration Singers, Dayspring Chorale, Bell Choirs and everyone in between, we understand, experience and express the joy in our souls. And there is a place for everyone in our Music Ministry.
There are so many opportunities for you to experience that joy. Of course, listening is always good, but please trust me, participating is even better! Regardless of your age or musical background, there is a place for you in the Music Ministry. Come find out how you can find the joy.
~Rev. Michael Kelley