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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Everyone Doesn't Make Beautiful Music
By R.K. Minor
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I remember it as though it was just last Sunday, but it has been some 25 years ago. I was sitting in church waiting for the service to begin when I started reading the bulletin. “Wanted, Men for the Christmas Cantata.” Practice starts tonight at 6:30. I know my wife had already signed up, and although I had never sung in a choir, I thought to myself how hard could it be?
Well that evening at supper my wife mentioned that choir practice started tonight and wondered what I was doing? “Going to practice with you,” I said. With a surprised look on her face she said ok this should be fun. We drove several miles to the church and settled in for a night of great Christmas music. The choir director passed out the music and explained the Cantata. She mentioned several solo parts that she needed filled. I sat there listening intently as I browsed through my music book, finding no songs I really knew.
The choir director placed us were she wanted us to sit in the choir loft. She asked me what I was interested in sing. “Since this is my first singing attempt I thought I might stay away from any of those solo parts you had previously mentioned,” I said. A slight laugh filled the choir loft as I looked down at my wife sitting with the other sopranos. “No,” she snapped back, “are you a baritone or bass?” I think a baritone I respond as I nervously think there may be more to singing then I realize.
The pianist started playing through the first song. What a beautiful sound she made come out of that old piano. The director looked at us all, “ Let’s give it a try,” she barked. The music started and we all began to sing. After several times through the song we started catching on. I pictured myself sitting in the choir loft on Christmas Eve in my white shirt and black tie matching all my other baritone-singing friends. I would be just one of the guys. Maybe I was the youngest guy there and maybe every other guy was at least twice my age but I would do just fine.
After we went through the song several more times the choir director asked if there were any questions about the song. Several people asked about timing and pitch and terms I wasn’t quite familiar with. I raised my hand. “During our hymn time every Sunday morning,” I started, “I have never been distracted by all these dots and dashes that are above the words. May I get a copy of just the words?” Again laughter filled the choir loft. My wife looked up at me with a big smile on her face as the choir director asks me to see her afterwards.
After we finished practice I caught up with the director. You wanted to speak to me?” I ask.” Yes?” she said, “I know this is your first time in a choir and all but I really think you could use the gifts God gave you in a better way here at church.” Straight and to the point, she didn’t pull any punches. She told me how it was difficult to do but there was a place somewhere in church for me. Just not in the choir. I thanked her and walked to the car with my wife. On the way home I thought of two scriptures, Ephesians 5: 19-20 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” And then Psalm100:2, “Worship the Lord with gladness: come before him with joyful songs.” That night, many years ago, I may have not been singing a joyful song, but one day I will be standing front and center in the most joyful choir ever. Singing great praises to my creator and Savior.
Ephesians 5:19-20 NIV
Psalm 100:2 NIV
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