Thursday’s Thoughts from Will August 6, 2020

Another GREAT time on Zoom last night with those there. One of the main things we discussed are plans for our Choir “Rehearsal” on August 26th at 7 p.m. If you have your folder with you and would like your music loaded in it, please find a way to drop it by the church so we can get it ready. Speaking of music, I’ve chosen several pieces (hope to get to all) that we will sing through that night. I was careful to choose songs with some variety and would sound good with just piano. We don’t have quite enough room to bring orchestra to one of these quite yet. Here’s what we’re singing that night in no particular order:

And Can it Be (we were working on this one before COVID and will actually spend some time working this one in rehearsal).
At the Name of Jesus-Berry
By Our Love
Days of Elijah
God Leads us Along
How Great Thou Art
See Him Face to Face
One Day with When we All Get to Heaven
Then Will the Very Rocks Cry Out
Praise His Holy Name- Keith Hampton
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name

I hope you’ll be as excited about singing these anthems as much as those on Zoom last night seemed to be!

I’m praying that when we meet on Wednesday the 26th, we’ll have a little better understanding of our plan to bring the choir back to worship services. Many, many factors are playing into my decision to bring you all back with health concerns being the number one factor. There are also a whole host of practical issues associated with splitting our choir into small groups, which we will beginning discussing once we meet in a few weeks.

I know MANY of you are ready to begin singing in worship and I want you to know I am equally ready. What I DO want you to know is I’m allocating a spot for a song of proclamation in each Sunday service. For the last several weeks those songs have been solos. However, they do not have to be. If you would like to create a group of a few singers and work on a song together (I can help if you want), let me know. This will give our choir members an opportunity to sing in a small group setting until we are able to sing together again on Sundays. Shoot me an email or call me so we can put some things on the calendar.

Christmas this year WILL be different. The time frame of Dec 4-6 is still my plan for whatever our Christmas thing looks like. Rather than muddy the waters with so many scenarios, please know that we WILL be singing and playing in some form or fashion. I certainly want to involve as many of our people as possible. Our biggest unknown variable is what restrictions we will have for an audience at that point. You and I know we can’t commit to 10-12 presentations to meet our current guidelines! Doing an online thing only is a last resort in my book; however, I do think we will probably livestream whatever we do this year regardless.

Thank you for your kind words as I begin a new journey of teaching at TMU this fall. To remind you, I’m just teaching on Monday afternoons and Craig and our personnel committe have graciously given me the flexibilty to do this. As I’ve said before, my passion is equipping and inspiring people of all ages in worship leadership. I count it an honor to be able to use my training in this way. Thank you for being so supportive.

Hope to see you Sunday either in person or on broadcast!

Published by Dr. Will Whittaker

I'm a local church Minister of Music from the Atlanta area with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Church Music with specializations in worship and hymnology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Contact me at

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