Psalms: 22, 95, 141, 143:1-11 (12)
Old Testament: Exodus 9:13-35
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Gospel: Mark 10:32-45
I would venture to guess that most of us sing out loud at least once a day. Whether it is in the shower, in our cars when a special song comes on (and we sing it as loud as we can), or taking a walk with an iPod, we do sing out loud. What do most of these times have in common? We are alone; and no one else can hear the slightly off key tone that most of us produce. There is a reason that most of us don’t sing in the choir, right? If you think about it, though, when you are in church and the choir or the band starts playing a song, the congregation IS one big choir. Rev. Anne reminded us of this at the retreat in November, and the Bible also encourages us to sing. Psalm 95:1-2 tells us to: “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord: let us shout out loud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. “
There is no mention of having to sing on key, or of the need to carry a tune. For those of you who have ever been to a rock concert, or any event where an entire audience is encouraged to sing along, have you ever noticed that the “audience choir” sounds pretty good when singing as a whole? Think of our congregation as an “audience choir” and become a part of it. Let the Lord hear you sing -- because He doesn’t mind if you are a bit pitchy or off key. And most likely, neither will people around you in the pew.