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.
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.