Last year our little church hired itself a 3-person choir of university vocal students – they sounded great! The plan was to start with a nucleus of hired singers and gradually add and then transition to congregant voices. This year we are down to one wonderful soprano from the university together with 3 or 4 older gentlemen from the congregation. In all this time, no women have joined. So the choir is pretty low key (heh) and its primary role is just to undergird the congregational singing.
Now that the worship service has been moved back to 10:30 AM, Scott and I were asked to consider joining the choir. We considered for about 5 minutes and decided to jump in. For me it’s all about the black and white Anglican choir vestments.
And the procession. Just kidding (mostly). I love to sing, but I struggle with a quiet voice and vocal cord problems from years of silent reflux that went unaddressed. I’m starting to get a handle on that now, though. Singing hymns is one of my favorite parts of the church service and I hope that I will have something to offer – and maybe my presence will encourage other women to join, knowing they won’t be the only one.