I want to share two things that have come to my attention in recent months.
First, I hear a common theme from parishioners at Christ Church. I’ll paraphrase: “I love to sing, and I want to join the choir, but with all the demands on my time (kids, travel, work, etc.), I don’t feel I can make another weekly commitment.”
This makes me think: we should create opportunities at church for people to sing without the ongoing, weekly commitment of joining our parish choir.
And second, I came across an article by the English choral conductor and composer John Rutter where he writes, “Like sport, choral music appears to be turning into a professionalized pursuit, where we pay a small elite to do it for us rather than do it ourselves.”
My gratitude is renewed for the faithful, dedicated volunteers who make up our parish choir. There’s an energy in our sound and in our time together that comes from our volunteer spirit.
So: to include new voices as well as strengthen our volunteer core, I am excited to introduce something new for our parish: Summer Choir.
Next Sunday, June 21, meet us in the church at 8:00 a.m. (sharp!) for a brief rehearsal, after which we’ll sing at the 9:00 a.m. service. We will sing hymns for the Eucharist, a Psalm in our traditional Anglican chant style, and the classic “Be Still My Soul” for the Offertory.
All are welcome to come sing, but please notify me by Wednesday at Tom.Peterson@ccaaz.org, or by calling the church office: 602-840-8210.
Come join us and sing to the Lord — as Rutter advises — yourself! We’ll see you there!