I would like to take this opportunity to tell each of you how thankful I am for the gracious welcome you have shown me in my brief time at Rosemary. With such a warm and inviting church, I eagerly look forward to the things that are to come, and more specifically to the music we will make together.
The music that the choir creates each week is something I have enjoyed planning because of how much fun we have in creating it once it is in place. With our Wednesday night rehearsals, and Sunday morning services, a group of people gather and join their voices to make music that allows others to worship more fully. There is joy that comes from knowing God delights when we unite our voices in our worship of Him. That ability to worship requires regular practice, which could be boring. Trust me, I have sat through countless hours of horribly boring rehearsals. However, I am delighted to tell you that He has given this choir a fantastic sense of humor which makes our rehearsals too much fun to miss, and quite possibly the fastest hour in the week.
As for the things to which I am looking forward, the biggest “thing” is the upcoming Christmas season. While bringing up Christmas in September may seem odd to some of you, for those in the choir it makes perfect sense. You see, September is when we begin all of our preparation for the Christmas season. What makes Christmas so special is that the music we prepare and present allows others to enjoy Christmas more richly than is possible without music. The singing of carols that we have grown up singing, as well as hearing songs that may be new to us, they all provide a source of joy that we only get to experience at Christmas. That is a gift that is difficult to explain, but I can almost guarantee you it is something that is felt by those whose last name is not “Scrooge”.
So it is, that now as I look forward to what we will do next, I would like to invite anyone who has ever considered being a part of the music ministry at Rosemary Baptist to come and sing. I invite anyone who enjoys music, regardless of abilities, to come and give the choir a try. There are no tryouts or mandatory solos, 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, I 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.
Again, thank you for your hospitality and graciousness. You have made me feel right at home in just a few short weeks.