July: Let the Preparation Begin

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KUMC Chancel Choir singing on June 30, 2019.

On June 30, our Chancel Choir sang a final time until we reconvene in August. In July, it is customary for the choir to take leave from singing as a group on Sunday mornings. They normally sing at two of our three traditional worship services.

During this hiatus, we utilize an array of soloists and ensembles to lead music in the worship services. As the director, it’s a special opportunity — I get to hear (and sing) with some of our talented singers. It makes it easier to get to know some of musical gifts of our bunch on an individual and/or small group basis.

Many choirs do this sort of thing. It gives everyone one a break from their weekly routine. At this time, neither do we have weekly rehearsals. We have some events where we gather at a local restaurant for a time of fellowship. But, really, it’s prep time for the Fall — setting up schedules, choosing major works, individual anthems, budget planning . . . things like that.

July 1, 2019 marks two months of ministry in my new position as Director of Music and Arts at Kingwood United Methodist Church.  Many things are still new to me. A break such as this also allows time to meet and familiarize myself with the various ensembles that are significant parts of our music and worship ministry. I’ve set up times to meet with assistant directors, ensemble singers, worship staff, children’s music team and others. These folks have many wonderful things to offer this church and the Kingwood community.

Our church staff works diligently to communicate various aspects of church life with one another to give vision and leadership to the congregation. Recently, I was part of a retreat with clergy and various staff musicians to plan what’s coming in the preaching schedule. Now is the time to dream those plans with our staff. It’s been wonderful to listen to listen and dream of what worship and the music ministry can become for KUMC in connection with my staff colleagues. As I’ve heard it said (and it is a correct analogy,) “It’s important that we all row in the same direction.”

So, now, in this time . . . let us reflect together . . . let us shape new ministry together . . . let us prayerfully set some goals together . . . You may find me in the office or you may find me a the local Starbucks . . . I”ll definitely be thinking on things during my daily drive  . . . all the while taking time to ponder what will be the next big thing.

And, it all begins with a break.

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