This is part of a sermon that was originally preached by lay preacher Scott Tyra, whois a member of the choir at Desert Springs United Methodist Church in Las Vegas.
A few excerpts from his sermon are below – you can read the entire sermon here.
Nobody in a choir is that important. As a choir member, it’s not about you. It’s about the choir. People aren’t listening to you — they’re listening to the choir. Years ago, I sang in a choral group that didn’t understand this. We were a group of 48 — literally. The director’s notion of a great choir was a bunch of trained singers who tried to out-sing one another. We didn’t listen to one another. We competed with one another. We weren’t really a choir. We were 48 people singing the same song at the same time, and that’s what we sounded like.A third trait of good choirs is that they are greater than the sum of the individual voices in them. I don’t happen to like the sound of my individual voice. But when I hear my voice in the choir, my voice sounds bigger and fuller. It’s part of something that has resonance and depth. I’m helping the choir to produce a sound that my voice just can’t produce on its own.