I am proud to say that our entering into the Easter season has been an extremely smooth, yet thrilling, transition. On Easter Sunday we tried something brand new with the Senior Choir, namely to bring them onto the Chancel for the duration of the worship service. I was curious to see how the lines of communication between us and the congregation would be transformed by doing so. It seemed like a great success.
One of the greatest joys of worshiping at First Reformed Church is that we have an active and growing choral program. For me, directing it is the most fulfilling part of my life in the church. Paul McCartney said:
I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.
We, as choristers, are at our best when we are aware of the singers around us. When we use our ears as well as our mouths, it is possible to sing in complete spiritual unison. For the listener, this is the voice of God.