There’s nothing that causes the Spirit to move in me like good music. Whether it’s the hymn “Love Lifted Me“, the last movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (“Ode to Joy”), or “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Misérables I get the shivers and goose bumps. The hair on the back of my neck stands up and this is my body telling me that the Spirit is moving.
Music in church is oftentimes moving. It is sometimes fun and exciting! Many voices and instruments join together to bring us all together in the worship and praise of our Lord Jesus Christ, our God, and in the work of the Holy Spirit. Many working toward one purpose. One goal. In worship we give up a bit of self to aspire to the greater good. And in creating music, be it sacred or secular, we also give up some of our self to create something greater. Something more.
Making music and living inside a church family are similar, too, in that they take a tremendous amount of work, patience, understanding, listening, care, and love. We humans are somehow not wired to always get along. Teamwork doesn’t always come naturally to us, but in many things (music, church, work, life) is necessary. When we work together we create harmony . We create with each other and for each other.
At Virtue Church we have a chancel choir, a praise band, and a handbell ensemble that are in need of people who are willing to work together to create harmony. For the choir we are in need of voices of all parts: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, and anything in between. For the bell choir we need folks who can swing a bell, can count (mostly only to four), and like to have fun. The Virtue praise band is in need of a keyboardist, a bassist, vocalists, and/or any other type of musician.
In Psalm 98:4 – 6 David writes:
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
The Bible admonishes us to make a joyful noise. That’s all that’s asked of us in that great book, and that’s all that I ask of the members of Virtue’s music ensembles: to make a joyful noise! So please come out and join us. Let’s make some music, some memories, some fun, and some harmony.