by Cindy Dahlin, Church Administrator
We all sing – admit it. Maybe it’s in your car, or during a shower, or humming a song (counts as singing), or whistling (also counts as singing), or maybe to intentionally embarrass your family – we all have the ability to SING – perfect or imperfect! God does not care if our notes are spot on or our lyrics are pronounced correctly… especially if we are singing praises to glorify Him. Songs can be lyrical prayers both in times of wonder and turbulence. Even singing just for the joy of making noise brings glory to God.
Everyone knows that birds and insects sing with sheer abandon. Whales, dolphins, frogs, and even mice sing. God gave us, and many in the animal kingdom, the ability to make music with our voices.
Singing and music are such powerful tools in the emotions of our soul and function of our brains that countless scientific studies have been done on the benefits of having these as a part of your life.
Some published facts include:
- Science has proven what music lovers already know; that listening to upbeat music can improve your mood.
- Listening to and playing music reduces chronic stress and depression.
- Music can make you feel more hopeful and confident.
- Music boosts your long term memory and enhances cognition.
- When listening to a rhythm, our heart actually begins to synch with it.
- Non-published fact: MUSIC IS GOOD
The Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole Choir convenes again September 11th to begin their ministry of singing.
“These are people who are there for the joy of music. It’s not a job with them; It’s a mission.”
– John Williams (Composer)
Some facts you might or might not know about the PCJH Choir:
It is the longest standing group ministry and fellowship group, and the largest volunteer group within PCJH.
We all either love to sing or love the ability to learn to sing
We LOVE new people joining the choir at any time of the year. You bring new life to the group.
Some of the choir members are very talented and trained vocalists, while others just enjoy being part of the group.
We pray for each other, we celebrate, and we encourage each other.
Strong and lasting friendships develop among the choir members because of how much is shared.
We become better at our ministry because we not only learn from the director, but also from each other.
We become exposed to many different types of music, which makes us all grow.
We take summers off!
Practice is on Wednesdays from 7-8:30pm and Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
We are incredibly thankful that Bob Snider has offered to be our Interim Choir Pianist and Director while the church continues its search for a Worship Leader. We are blessed.
We are equally thankful that Maddie German will be playing the opening praise music. God is very good!
“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists.”
– Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
This is a formal invitation to all who are reading this to SING something today and see where God takes you with that noise!