Spring Choral Service, May 21

by Colin Howland May 11, 2017

 

Each year on the evening of the third Sunday of May, Tenth offers the Spring Choral Service. It marks the end of the choral season for both the Tenth Children’s Music program and the Tenth Church Choir. The intent is to celebrate God’s faithfulness in these ministries and it gives an opportunity for both children’s and adult choirs to make a special offering of praise together to our great and awesome God. The evening sermon will be given by Dr. Goligher.

This year, the choirs will be singing several anthems from Old Testament texts, including “The First Song of Isaiah,” “The Last Words of David,” and portions of Psalms 119, 122, and 42. The congregational hymns will also be taken from Old Testament texts and paraphrases.

Singing the Scriptures has always been central to the worship life of the Church. In his introduction to the Genevan Psalter of 1543, John Calvin highlights the significance of singing the words of Scripture:

“We should have songs that are not only upright but holy, that will spur us to pray to God and praise Him, to meditate on His works so as to love Him, to fear Him, to honor Him, and glorify Him. For what St. Augustine said is true, that one can sing nothing worthy of God save what one has received from Him. Wherefore though we look far and wide we will find no better songs nor songs more suitable to that purpose than the Psalms of David, which the Holy Spirit made and imparted to him. Thus, singing them we may be sure that our words come from God just as if He were to sing in us for His own exaltation. Wherefore, Chrysostom exhorts men, women, and children alike to get used to singing them, so as through this act of meditation to become as one with the choir of angels.”


June Summer Choir

The choral programs at Tenth exist to instill in every chorister the love of singing God’s praise. June is a special month for Tenth music each year, in that we offer a special “summer choir” during each evening service that month. All interested singers, age 7th grade up through senior adult, are invited to come each week to the balcony at 5:15 pm to learn an accessible anthem and sing it for the evening service. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who cannot generally commit to the nine months of service required to be in the Tenth Choir. It is also intended to be family friendly, something that parents and older children can do together to serve the Lord! No prior choral experience is necessary; all from these age groups are welcome. If you can only come to one or two weeks, that’s fine! If you can come to all four, terrific! We want each one to be able to participate, whatever their ability or scheduling constraints.

 

If you need further information about June summer choir, please contact Colin Howland.