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Christmas in August?!?! Yep, that’s when our choirs start practicing Christmas music. It excites me to sing music about the birth of Jesus, my Savior. Yesterday, I had butterflies in my stomach right before the first adult Christmas cantata practice. As usual, it was an amazing practice.
This year, we are combining the music of the children and adult choirs and our presentation will be concert-style. I chose wonderful songs for our Crusader Choir to sing and Erika Holland, the music director and adult choir director at Culbreth Memorial UMC, has chosen a wonderful cantata for the adult choir cantata. The children will sing first, then we have chosen a couple of songs for both choirs to sing together. The adult choir will then present “Heaven’s Child,” our cantata.
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I chose to share this song with you because I have been asked to sing the solo for this song. I have to tell you, I’m an average singer. I’ll never win any awards for anything I sing, but my soul cries out to sing for my Lord. I worship my God best through music. Every person has a path to worship that is totally his or hers.
I praise the Lord because he does what is right. I sing praises to the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17 (NCV)
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As an alto, sometimes it’s hard to get a solo that fits my vocal range. I am honored that Erika has asked me to sing this gorgeous song. Not only is the music beautiful, but the words (written by Joel Lindsey) paint the innocence of Jesus’s birth with awe and reverence. As a writer, I love putting praises to my Lord on paper. King David was the master of praising God through the psalms.
A psalm of praise, of David. I praise your greatness, my God the King; I will praise you forever and ever. Psalm 145:1 (NCV)
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Another favorite path to worship is to hear the word of God taught and to teach the word of God. I love my college/career Sunday School class and mentoring the young mothers in our Wednesday night Bible study. I love the teachings of Billy Graham, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer, and my pastor, Charlie Herring.
Glorify the Lord with me, and let us praise his name together. Psalm 34:2 (NCV)
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My final favorite path to worship is through Christian fellowship. Whether it’s at the breakfast at church on the first Sunday of the month, participating with the senior adults in activities, attending Winter Jam with friends, or sitting around with fellow Christians who love the Lord, I become closer to God when I’m closer to my brothers and sisters in Christ.
We are your people, the sheep of your flock. We will thank you always; forever and ever we will praise you. Psalm 79:13 (NCV)
I hope you’ve found your path to worship; the way that gets you closest to God; the way that opens up your personal relationship to Jesus.
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What are your paths to worship? Please share your thoughts with me!
“Heaven’s Child” (The Martins)