"How Can I Keep From Singing?" And Why Not You Too?
Last Sunday, Our Saviour Sunday, was a special day. It was a wonderful celebration of the many ministries COS has to offer and an opportunity to welcome our new rector, Fr. Jeffrey Thornberg. The choir sang beautifully and the handbells rang out in welcome.
Over this last summer, I spent some time sitting with the congregation, listening to all of the wonderful voices you all offer up each week. I couldn't help but think how glorious the choir at COS would be with a few additional voices supplementing our very loyal choir members who offer up their talents every week. Minus our paid section leaders, we had ten singers in our choir last Sunday, and that includes someone who joined us who hadn't sung with us for quite a while (thank you, Laurel Bullock, for joining us).
This Sunday, the COS Choir will meet in the choir room to learn and prepare music for that day's service. The choir will be singing a beautiful arrangement of the well-known hymn "Be Thou My Vision," arranged by Robert Hunter for the offertory and Fred Bock's lovely "Take, Eat" at communion.
The choir room will be open at 8:30am. There will be coffee, juice, and something sweet to eat. We will begin rehearsing at 9:00am. We will prepare the above music, sing through the mass setting (by Robert Powell), and enjoy each other's company as we raise up our voices in song. The music is set out and waiting for you.
I invite anyone who would like to join us (especially men) to please come give it a try. No commitments, no obligations, just an hour before the service singing together. Come experience the service from a different vantage point. And if you have enjoyed yourself, stay with us until noon after the service for a quick peek at the music for next Sunday.
From the beautiful text attributed to Pauline T., entitled "Always Rejoicing":
My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth's lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation;
Thro' all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?
Christ welcomed all and so do we. How Can You Keep From Singing?
I hope you'll join us!