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Ten Reasons

A Poem for 2019
While New Year’s resolutions might not succeed,
Coming to choir is one to achieve.

Ten Reasons to Sing in the Southeast Worship Choir

10. Singing in choir is good for your health.
Professor Grenville Hancox has researched the benefits of choral singing on our psychological and physical well-being. He is so passionate about the benefits of singing in a choir, he has been trying to persuade the medical profession to prescribe singing as a treatment for people who suffer from various illnesses. He says, “If we could engage more and more people in singing, I’m sure we would have a healthier nation.” 

The health benefits of singing together include enhanced brain function, increased memory, deeper focus, greater multitasking skills, improved breathing, strengthened feelings of togetherness, and the release of hormones resulting in reduced stress and depression. (info from choirplayer.com)

9. Singing is a great way to relax and unwind.
Even if you love your job, work can be tiring and very stressful. After a long difficult day, singing can help take your mind off of the deadlines, worries, grumpy coworkers, and problems from the day. 

8: Everybody needs worship in the middle of the week.
The words “choir practice” might be a little misleading. We do rehearse, but we also spend time in prayer, reading and discussing the Word, and worshiping our Lord and Savior. 

7: You don’t have to know music or be the best singer to be in the choir.
It’s astounding what you can learn by just showing up and placing yourself in the middle of a group of musicians. You don’t even need to have an amazing voice to contribute to the sound of a choir. It’s incredible how God takes a group of voices (some strong and some not) and blends them together to create something beautiful and then receives this unique sound as an offering of praise.

6. Singing in a choir is biblical.
In bible times and throughout history, choirs have played a vital role in worship. Their job is to minister to the people through song, raise sounds of joy, and give thanks to the Lord. Don’t you love the story in the Old Testament where King Jehoshaphat sends the choir out first to do battle with the enemy?

“…Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army saying; “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 2 Chronicles 20:21 

5: The Southeast Choir leaders care deeply about your walk with God.
This year, our choir small groups will be studying 2 Peter during small group time. Reading the Word and praying together in community is a great way to grow spiritually.

4: January is the perfect time to join or come back to choir.
January is cold outside, but it’s warm inside room 251 (sometimes overly so). While many New Year’s resolutions might not succeed, coming to choir on Wednesday nights is one that we can achieve. (Ask about childcare or Wednesday night opportunities for students.)

3. Choir is fun.
Seriously, it just is.

2. Our choir is a family.
Some of the greatest people are in the Southeast Worship Choir. Coming to choir is a great way to stay engaged with kind, like-minded people who love Jesus and are interested in worship and having a good time together. Being part of a group working towards a shared goal can fulfil our need for belonging. We need people, and people need us.

1. Worship is sacred.
Singing is one of the best gifts we have to worship the Almighty God. Singing with a room full of people who love Him can be one of the best and most sacred experiences we will have in 2019.

Singing is also something we’ve been asked to do:

“Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.”

Psalm 96:1-3

We hope to see you in choir on January 9th from 6:30-8:00 in room 251.

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