Music Ministry


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Make plans to register and participate in our upcoming Music Ministry Workshop September 22-25, 2016. The workshop will conclude with a Musical Worship Concert on Sunday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.

Our guest clinician will be Reverend Trini L. Massie, Minister of Worship at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA. The workshop is open to ALL Watts Chapel members and non-members.

 

REHEARSALS:
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Friday, September 23,  2016
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM     

 

CONCERT:
Sunday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

           Register below!  The deadline to register is Sunday, September 18.

 


 

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry purposes to create an atmosphere of worship, praise, and celebration of Jesus Christ by spreading the Gospel or “Good News” through music by

Communicating God’s Word with excellence and creativity through a diverse musical repertoire that connects with the congregation’s hearts, minds, and spirits

Developing called ministry members in the areas of discipleship, stewardship of their gifts, accountability, and fellowship

Engaging in purposeful outreach beyond the “walls of Watts”

Nurturing and equipping musical staff for the work of ministry through continuous education

Our motivation to sing in the Music Ministry comes from the call of God to be good stewards of our God-given talents. We do not attend rehearsals and services out of obedience to “choir rules and regulations,” but we come in response to a divine call, and know in our heart that God expects our musical participation, our commitment, our praise, and our worship.

 


 

The call to music ministry means:

  • Having a loving relationship and commitment to God
  • Being committed to continual spiritual growth through the study of God’s Word
  • Being committed to help bring a sense of celebration to the worship of God, and to lead the congregation in singing praises to Him
  • Being committed to learn music with excellence, and to take advantage of every opportunity to improve musical skills
  • Being committed to learn, understand, and experience unfamiliar styles and forms of music
  • Being accountable to spiritual leadership
  • Being consistent and prompt in attendance to rehearsals and worship experiences

 


 

 Our Choirs

  • Early Worship Choir

    • Open to Youth & Adults
    • Ministers every Sunday at the 7:45 a.m. Worship Service
    • Rehearses Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.


  • F. B. Weaver Youth Choir


    Brother Jonathan Glenn, Director - Sisters Robbie Graham & Shelia Buford, Advisors

    • Open to Youth & Young Adults, ages 13-21
    • Ministers every 3rd Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Worship Service
    • Ministers once a quarter at the 7:45 a.m. Worship Service
    • Rehearses two consecutive Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. prior to 3rd Sunday


  • Gospel Choir

    • Open to Youth & Adults
    • Ministers every 1st & 4th Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and the 11:30 a.m Worship
    • Rehearses on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. (except the Thursday prior to the 2nd Sunday)

  • Joybells Children's Bell Ensemble

    • Open to children, ages 6-14
    • Ministers for various services as scheduled
    • Rehearses on Saturdays 11:30 a.m. as scheduled

 

  • Male Chorus


    • Open to men of all ages
    • Ministers every 2nd Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m Worship
    • Ministers once a quarter at the 7:45 a.m. Worship Service
    • Rehearses on Thursday at 7:15 p.m and Saturday at 6:00 p.m. prior to 2nd Sunday

     

  • Praise Team

    Open to Youth & Adults who have been active in the Music Ministry for a minimum of 3 months
    • Ministers every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m Worship
    • Ministers at various 8:00 a.m. Worship Services
    • Rehearses every Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

  • Sunbeams Children's Choir

    Sister Billie Hardin, Director
    • Open to children, ages 3-12
    • Ministers every 3rd Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m Worship
    • Rehearses two consecutive Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. prior to 3rd Sunday

 

 

 


 

Choir Member’s Paraphrase of 1 Cor. 13

Though I sing with the brilliance of Leontyne Price or Larnell Harris and the sweetness of angels, but have not the sense of loyalty which impels me to be faithful to my choir in all its rehearsals and services, my talents are of no more value to my Lord and His church than sounding brass or clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of a beautiful voice, and know all the mysteries of breath control, and have all knowledge of large repertoire, and if I have all poise, so as to move my listeners, but am not faithful to my choir and its rehearsals and services, my ability before my church, and if I sing my most beautiful songs, but do it not for the purpose of glorifying my Lord, it is a vain offering and profiteth me nothing.

Faithfulness is long-lasting, and resulteth in a sweet spirit. The faithful choir member envieth not the soloist; true faithfulness calleth not attention to itself, is not proud of itself, doth not create distractions in rehearsal, seeketh not glory for its own sake, is not temperamental, taketh not the suggestion of the director as personal criticism; rejoiceth when everyone works together to make the choir an instrument of praise to the Lord; beareth its own responsibility, believeth in extra rehearsals when needed, hopeth continually to develop better choir members, endureth the hard work necessary in order to have a good choir.

The faithful choir member never faileth; but whether there be excuses, they shall be done away, whether there be glory-seeking soloists, they shall cease, whether there be spasmodic attendance, it shall be done away. For we know in part, and predict in part results of our labors; but when that which is perfect is come, our knowledge and predictions will be made of little importance as we behold the true fruits of our service.

When I was a new choir member, I sang as a new choir member, I felt that I would never learn; I thought the music was too hard for me. Now that I have dedicated my voice to the Lord, I have put away childish impressions, for I know that the Lord will help me. For now we understand these things only partially, with our own understanding; but the time will come when I shall realize the fruits of my faithfulness even as God knew what these fruits would be when He called my to serve Him, and I shall know that my fruitfulness was more than worth all the effort it required of me.

But now abideth a beautiful voice, the ability to use it, and faithfulness, these three; and the greatest of these is faithfulness.