Some of the most important lessons that kids learn in school are the lessons that are "caught" rather than "taught". As I planned for the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year and thought about what I wanted my choir students to know about singing, I thought about all the Bible passages that talk about singing. I want my kids to know that music is a gift from God for all His children. I want them to know that God has placed a musical instrument inside their bodies (their voice!) that He wants them to use. And so I started looking up all the passages that have the word "sing
" in them. And I made a list–and I was amazed! There were enough "sing" passages for one-a-day for the entire school year and then some. In fact, if I broadened the search to "sang
", or "song
", the list of passages from God's Word gets even longer.
So, I made a decision which embarrassed me. I want to start each rehearsal this year with a passage from God's Word about singing. I was embarrassed because isn't that what I should have been doing for the last 16 years anyway?
I'm asking each student to do the following when their turn comes up:
- Stand up and read the Bible reference and passage for the choir.
- Explain the context, setting, and people of the verse.
- Answer the question "Why were they singing?"
- Make the application for our lives: "Why do we sing?"
- The choir will reread the reference and passage out loud.
- All will close with the singing of Christian Worship 283:4
Yesterday was the first day of doing this and each of the three students who were up for the day did well, but what I wanted to do ahead of time (each morning) was to prepare for their passage in the same way as I asked them to prepare. So, that's what I'm doing today: reading Genesis 31:27
and Exodus 15:1
and blogging on them.
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