Lift up your hearts!

What is the purpose of a choir?

It’s not to perform difficult music before a silent and intimidated (or irritated) congregation. It’s not there to impress the faithful–it’s there to encourage the faithful to find their voices to praise God in his holiness.  It is what we call a ministry…

So said Father John Andrew, Rector emeritus of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, in a fantastic (ten-minute) sermon given a week ago Sunday on the purpose and importance of music in worship.

Read or listen to the sermon here;
check out the entire St. Thomas archive of webcasts here

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