Friends, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, risen from the grave! During the church year, Easter is one of our great seasons of song. Not only we do we have the opportunity to sing hymns and praise songs about the promise of resurrection, but we get to enjoy them for several weeks. I never cease to be amazed by the musical talent that we have at Keystone and Revolution. Mackenzie Reed and Ashley Hobson, who lead us in worship through music at Keystone’s early service, are wonderful musicians who infuse traditional hymns with energy and meaning from today’s world. The band, under the leadership of Scott Shaw, is often the first thing that visitors to our churches mention. The skilled artists in the ensemble invite us into worship through their musical and spiritual gifts.
Beyond our weekly worship leaders, I know that many of you have musical skills and a passion to share them in praise and worship. In that spirit, I want to make you aware of an event that is coming up in our community and pass on the invitation to be part of it. United in Voice is a choir that will be made up of groups and individual participants joining together for an afternoon of song. Those who wish to participate will gather at Trinity UMC on Sunday, May 20, for music distribution and rehearsal. This will be followed by the concert at 4:00 p.m. If you have been longing for an opportunity to lift your voice in a choral ensemble, this is an excellent opportunity. Note that if you wish to participate, you must register by THIS SUNDAY, MAY 6 AT 9:00 P.M. at www.unitedinvoicekc.wordpress.com. This website also has details regarding the May 20 schedule.
While I pray that those of you who have been eager to sing alongside others will take advantage of this opportunity, I also pray that we all will remember that the Psalmist calls us not to make music that is perfect, or even on pitch. We are each called to “make a joyful noise”! To lift our voices in praise, even if we do not have “traditionally lovely” voices. God longs to hear the voices God chose for us, even if they were not the voices we would have chosen for ourselves. Sing on!