Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For Such a Time as This . . .

“If you keep silent at this time,
liberation and deliverance will come
to the Jewish people from another place,
but you and your father's house will be destroyed.
Who knows, perhaps you have come to the kingdom
for such a time as this."

At certain times in our lives, God places us in strategic places and gives us opportunities to make a difference for His kingdom. Such was the case with Esther, who was given the unique role of being the queen of Babylon when Haman, a high official of the king, had given an order to eliminate the Jewish people. In this passage, her cousin, Mordecai, reminds her that she was placed there for purposes that she could not have imagined until now.

The same is true for our music and worship ministry. As our church prepares to enter into a period of pastoral transition, our sanctuary choir will play a central role in providing stability and leadership to our church family. Each week we will have the God-given opportunity to fill the choir loft and lead our church family in worship to the King of Glory.

Although all ministries of our church will be critical during this time, the choir has a unique role: it is the only ministry visible to the entire church. While faithful and consistent attendance is always important, it will be an absolute necessity during this interim time! In fact, to a large extent I believe the spiritual climate of our church largely will be dependent on the week-to-week faithfulness of each of you. Our friend Larry Black called it the “ministry of presence” and it will more important now than ever.

So what am I asking you to do?
  1. Make a renewed commitment to be in our place for Wednesday night rehearsals. Our rehearsals will be a time of musical preparation, worship and spiritual focus as we prepare to lead in worship. Rehearsals are critical and are not optional.
  2. Be present for Sunday morning worship. We will have many great preachers over the coming weeks, but it will be the choir that provides consistency. We are one of the few choirs who have less in attendance on Sundays than Wednesdays. This needs to change immediately in order for us to effectively minister on Sunday morningsSomeone asked the other day, “how many choir members do you expect to attend each week?” My response was…“all of them!” The bottom line is that everyone should commit to be in attendance every week for both Sundays and Wednesdays. I understand we all have to miss from time to time because of illness, work and even vacation. When in town, however, there are very few good reasons not to be in the loft…and there are even fewer good reasons for sitting in the sanctuary! This type of commitment will require each of us to re-examine our priorities to protect Wednesdays and Sundays. That may mean driving back from the football game on Saturday night in order to be here…but we are talking about fulfilling our call to lead our church family in worship. When viewed from that perspective most other things pale in comparison!
  3. Make a commitment to report out to your section leader or the music office if you have to miss a Wednesday rehearsal or Sunday worship time. This allows us to set the loft with the appropriate number of chairs so that we don’t have dozens of empty seats. The bottom line is that we plan on you being here unless we hear otherwise.

Final Thoughts
Over the years you’ve always amazed me at the level of your commitment to this ministry and the calling we have to lead our church family in worship. I know you will rise to this occasion because I believe God has called each of you to this ministry for “such a time as this.” Anything less would be unacceptable!

I love and appreciate each of you and will see you in choir next Wednesday, August 3, as we prepare to share the love of Christ with our city and world.

May we be found faithful!


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