Ephesians 4:11-13

And HE gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.   

Thought for the DayWork to bring everyone together as One in Christ.

“I am picking this up better than I thought I would”, “I didn’t think I would ever get these notes” are words I think and hear from others as we come to the days drawing close to our cantata.  Our Cantata this year is the music to the Christmas portions of “Messiah”.  Remembering back three months ago as we were handed our music and began learning the parts still gives me a panic feel.  Most of the music came back to me, but those special places in the music, you know the places I have always had difficulty with, haunted me each time I turned to the pages.  Others choir members had their own difficulties as well.  After time, we all began to feel more comfortable singing the pieces and working with the parts secured the notes (thank you, Judy).  Now, one week prior to the Cantata, the music has become beautiful and most everyone feels comfortable singing to their greatest potential. The next step in the Cantata preparation is bringing in the orchestra instruments, lighting, and sound.  The biggest step is the way God has entered in to the hearts of each of the musicians, and God entering in to the hearts of those in the congregation.

Next Sunday morning, each Chancel Choir member will open their “Messiah” music and will stand to sing.  Each instrumentalist will lift their instruments to play their notes.  The speakers will be prepared to read their words in a practiced tone.  The sound and lighting professionals will be ready in their booth.  The conductor, my husband Mark, will stand with baton in hand and will lift his baton for the music to begin.  God has been and will be with all involved to bring His music to the heart of each person in the congregation.  The hours, the many hours, of rehearsal for each individual person will come together in that moment to be One.  We will not be individual voices and instruments, but we will be One in spirit and music as we sing “Messiah” in praise to our One God.  Our God be praised!

Prayer:  Father God, thank you for rehearsals.  Thank you for showing us that through work with others, we can become one voice.  Help us use that one voice to bring praises to You, our One God.  Amen.

Prayer Focus: Musicians

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