Owed to the Church Choir

Monday, September 07, 2009

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    "Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing." (Psalms 100:2)
They come to church ready to sing, as volunteers, week after week, for no pay, and very little recognition.

They pour their hearts into reproducing the compositions of other musicians; musicians whom, for the most part, they do not know nor will ever meet.

They express corporate musicality by following the directions of the music director to the best of their abilities.

They bring to the message of each song their own personalities, experiences, emotions, and faith.

They can be exasperating, inspiring, encouraging, tempermental, emotional, entertaining, invigorating, frustrating, challenging, humorous, youthful, fashionable, domineering, passive, irritating, or boring.

They agree to unite their separate voices, their unique timbres, their varied vibratos, their various pitch anamolies, their rhythmic sensibilities, the influences of regional dialects, and their personal confidence levels to create a unique musical communication for the edification of the congregation.

And God's presence and power become evident as they praise the Lord.

    "But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel." (Psalms 22:3)

    "It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God." (2 Chronicles 5:13-14)
Choir members ought to be encouraged, thanked, recognized, and rewarded for their service.

Any church that has a well-prepared, energetic, clear-sounding, Spirit-filled choir that can encourage the hearts of the listeners and prepare them for the preaching of God's Word, is certainly privileged and blessed.

God bless each and every faithful choir member!

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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