Sunday evening I saw Paul’s description of the church as a body come alive in the musical presentation of the four choirs and orchestra. Paul wrote: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Rom 12:4-5, NIV2011). No place is the illustration more obvious than with the Handbell Choir, as Kevin mentioned. Each instrument of the Orchestra could be used solo, any member of the choir could offer a vocal solo, but a single handbell? I imagine that a single handbell could be used by a gifted ringer; pealing, plucking, ringing, and using mallets, but the song would still have a sameness that is radically transformed by the addition of other bells. The point is that we all need each other, we are better together.
I was blessed by the music of our choirs and the orchestra. One hundred fourteen individuals (plus the Cherub and Children’s Choir workers who are not in one of the other choirs) contributed to the worship experience. That is a lot of people involved in sharing the story of Jesus and blessing others by the use of their giftedness. I am grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for making the investment of a lot of time preparing in order to bless our body and the community with a great musical presentation of the Christmas story.
I am blessed and truly grateful to be your pastor. Merry Christmas.