I woke up this morning with Allen Pote’s “A Song of Promise” running through my brain (we rehearsed it for good 30 minutes last night at our choir rehearsal). It is an interesting and effective setting of a passage from the book of Isaiah. And then I realized that one of the unique things about a choir rehearsing good quality sacred choral music is that singers are doing one of two things: they are either memorizing Scripture or memorizing doctrine. Both are good things as long as the Scriptural passages are chosen wisely and the doctrinal texts are sound and have some depth and meaning. Besides worship services, I can’t think of any other activity in the church where a good hour or so each week is spent in this way.
This is one of the many benefits of choral music. More to come . . .