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All Earth is Hopeful - December 18th

We’ve all had to give up and do without a number of things since the onset of the pandemic. As musicians, performers, and music educators, it was particularly difficult for Tara and I to hear the news of the virus spreading at choir rehearsals and the studies confirming that singing and playing instruments were high-risk activities for spreading the virus. Teaching and performing music brings us joy, which is why we chose to make it our livelihood. How would we continue to do what we love in the midst of the pandemic?

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

-Philippians 4:4

The scripture brings to mind a common saying from another one of my passions, musical theater. “The show must go on!” is another way of saying that no matter what hardships you may be experiencing, the audience still deserves the best performance you can give them. Similarly, in our praise and worship we should offer no less than our best, no matter the difficulties.

As we adapted to life and church during the pandemic, we knew that singing and rejoicing had to continue to be a part of our worship, but we’d need to find creative ways to do it safely. Through trial and error, the time and dedication of volunteers, and a lot of hard work, we’ve been able to continue our rejoicing in the Lord though virtual choir, hybrid handbell performances, and soloists. Technology has allowed us to continue singing and rejoicing together even though we must be physically distanced.

Each week as I collect the various recordings and combine them into our virtual choir hymns I find joy in hearing the voices and instruments of Peace members, former members, and friends of Peace come together to form our virtual choir, and it makes me think that there is a reason why we are told to “Rejoice in the Lord always,” even when it may be difficult to do so. Because in our singing, in our rejoicing, there is joy to be found; joy that can help us weather the difficult times we are facing; joy that unites us in praise though we are separated by safe distancing. May we continue to rejoice in the Lord in spite of whatever hurdles life throws at us, and may we continue to experience joy through God’s gift of music.

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