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What I Learned from a Rehearsal of the Children’s Choir at FBC

Last night I was given a glimpse into the future of First Baptist Church of Charleston. I am sure that every generation that has worshiped in  this 332 year old church has had doubts about its future. The children’s  choir was rehearsing and then were joined by the Sanctuary Choir. The children paid attention to its director and then to the Minister of Music and Worship.  They followed his every gesture.

As the children sang, “In My Father’s House,” my apprehensions about the future faded. As their young voices joined with the older voices in singing, “This Is My Father’s World,” I was thrilled.  I know that worship styles will change in the years ahead and that culture will continue to influence the programs of the church, but that has been true of the previous 300 years. What I gained from being present for this rehearsal was a real sense of security about the future. These young people are the future and they are getting the grounding that will serve them well as they deal with the challenges that they will encounter in their future.

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Thankful Thursday – The Sanctuary Choir at First Baptist Church of Charleston

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina. Praise for the music at First Baptist is nothing new. It has been praised since 1851.

The quality and range of the music is outstanding: however, my love for the choir stems from how it helps me worship. I always feel closer to God when the choir sings whether it is accompanied by the magnificent sounds from the organ or from the Steinway piano.

I have great respect for these dedicated volunteers who show up week after week for rehearsals and the worship services. In college I thought I needed and easy enjoyable course. I enrolled in a music appreciation course. Much to my surprise and horror, it was far from easy, but it started me  on a wonderful journey. Over the years I have developed a deep appreciation for the great music of the church. The choir at First Baptist nourishes my soul and deepens that appreciation.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop and attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – Ann Cheek

            On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Ann Cheek. Ann is a music teacher in Charleston County Schools and a member of the choir at First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Sunday school class that I led for many years. On January 30, 2011, I had the privilege of participating in the ordination of Ann as a deacon. Not only is Ann a gifted and tireless musician, she is a committed Christian who loves First Baptist Church. Ann conducts many special programs with her music students and chaperons them on trips to Disney and Washington. Right now Ann is having the most fun being a grandmother. What a gift her grandchildren have in having a grandmother who is so creative and so talented. Ann is also a devoted sister to her brother, Charles (Chuck). On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the presence of Ann Cheek in my life.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize someone who is important in our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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