The Bible is full of examples of the power of music. In fact, there are over 1150 verses of Scripture that make reference to music – whether in worship, in times of grief, in moments of joy, or simply to calm a tyrant. The significance of music in the eyes of God cannot be minimized scripturally, and it should not be minimized within the confines of the worship experience.
The most significant New Testament teaching on music in worship, according to an article by pastor Dave Miller, is Ephesians 5:19-20. When discussing what it means to live “filled with the Spirit,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “…as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” If we read these verses according to their original intent, as espoused by New Testament scholars, then the music of the church is to fulfill one of the two purposes set out in this Scripture: “It is designed to instruct the Body of Christ about the greatness, glory, and love of God. It is also designed to unite the hearts of the Body of Christ in direct praise to God” (Miller, 2007). Each Sunday, we do both.
The music that the choir creates each week is even more special because of the fun we have creating it. With our Wednesday night rehearsals and Sunday morning services, a group of people gathers and join their voices to make music that allows others to worship more fully. There is a joy that comes from knowing God delights when we unite our voices in our worship of Him. That ability to worship requires regular practice. Fortunately, God has given this choir a fantastic sense of humor which makes our rehearsals too much fun to miss, and quite possibly the fastest hour of the week.
Anyone who has ever considered being a part of the music ministry at Rosemary Baptist, you are invited to come and sing. If you enjoy music, regardless of abilities, come and give the choir a try. There are no tryouts or mandatory solos – it is simply a time to gather, make music, and probably laugh a bit too loudly. If you enjoy singing but have never sung in a choir before, or if it has been years since you last sang in a choir, we can promise you that you are always welcome. You will not find a more enjoyable group to spend Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00 with than this choir.
936 Jackson Street
Roanoke Rapids, NC