This week the Singers are leading worship. This is a unique choir at Westminster. Many churches have youth choirs or teen choirs, but the Singers is made up of adults and youth grades 5 and up. When the children of Westminster participate in the choir program they begin in Choristers when they are in kindergarten, and continue in that choir through 4th grade. Choristers is a training choir that begins with unison singing, learns simple rounds and then begins to experiment with harmony both through listening and reading music.
The leap into the Singers choir is a big one. This choir sings in 3-4 parts, uses printed music most of the time, and a few times a year sings with the Adult Choir at both 8:30 and 11:00 worship. I like to describe the Singers as a group of youth who love to sing, and adults who love to sing with youth. Currently we have 20 members participating in Singers.
This week the Singers will sing When You Pass Through the Waters by Paul Weber to allow us time to reflect on the text Isaiah 43:1-7. The second piece that will be sung during the offertory is an arrangement by Tom Shelton of two African-American spirituals, I want Jesus to walk with me, and Talk about a child that do love Jesus. We have been enjoying fitting these two spirituals together in this arrangement.