08 March 2010

The Song of the Heart

In my ward I'm the Ward Music Chairperson. So I'm responsible for planning the Sacrament meeting hymns and musical numbers. I also lead the music in Relief Society. I know my way around the piano and sheet music but I can't say I'm terribly musically inclined.

Yesterday I filled in for the Chorister in Sacrament because she was out of town. We sang very common hymns: There is a Green Hill Far Away, God Be With You Till We Meet Again and The Lord Is My Shepherd. Most of our ward is not new to the church so these songs should have
been fairly familiar and yet I was surprised by something as I was leading the music.

Many of the members of the congregation weren't singing.

It wasn't like their attention was elsewhere either. They were looking straight ahead but their mouths weren't moving. I've noticed this while leading the music in Relief Society as well. I've always known that there are just some people who don't sing but I was really surprised at how many there actually are in our ward.

Personally I've never considered not singing. I'm no "singer" but I can carry a tune. Even if I couldn't I think I still would sing. Am I the only one that thinks like this? Is it because I grew up in a somewhat musical house? My sister an I both played the piano as kids and my dad is a good singer.

Good voice or not music plays such a part in feeling the Spirit at church. God has told us that when we sing it's like we are praying to him so who wouldn't take up that opportunity?

Do you sing in church? Why or why not?

And I know here are a lot of you in the ward that read my blog so if you don't sing I want to see you doing so from here on out, okay? Okay.

18 comments:

Maren said...

I LOVE singing in church, when I was inactive for 2 years in Canada, it was missing the hymns and singing that brought me back.

Also, if I'm crying in church, 9 times out of 10, its because a song "made me" cry. I can NOT picture my life without it.

I hope to sing to my kids someday as they go to sleep peacefully... (totally a pipe dream... what kid goes to sleep peacefully? Hmmm maybe singin' would help? hah!)

Anyway, thanks for your post. LOVE singing!

Jen said...

Yes. I always sing.

Brooke said...

I've found this topic to be somewhat agitating as well. Of course I've always been involved in music, playing the piano or leading as well. When I see others not even try to make an effort to sing, or at least mouth the words, it bothers me. It's the least they could do, right? It's about obedience. And we're asked to sing the hymns of the church.

Maile Fano said...

This is one thing that I noticed in the U.S. It never really bothered me until I went on vacation down to Samoa with Cliff and the congregation is so much smaller, but boy could they blow you out of the water with how loud they sing. It was so AMAZING. I always try to sing when I am not telling my kiddos to behave.

The Price Family said...

I have to agree with Maile. I see a major difference between mainland and the rest of the world when it comes to singing. It seems like Americans are scared of what other people may think or something. People in other countries seem to belt out the song even if they are completely off key because like you said it is brings the spirit and connects you more to what is going on. I have to admit I have lip sang in the past if I was in a bad mood or my voice was gone but normally I always sing. :)

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

I always sing...HORRIBLY...but I sing. I feel it makes others around me more comfortable with their singing voices. I am a saint. ;)

Julie said...

I always always sing. I love it and I want my kids to know that that's what we do during the song. I don't understand why others sometimes don't, but I'd really like to know!! Maybe they enjoy the spirit that comes from listening to others sing? At any rate, I love to sing the hymns.

beck said...

my mom could not carry a tune but she ALWAYS sang. Even with 5 kids giving her a hard time about her voice, she still sang. It never stopped her. It bugs when people don't sing. Who cares if you have a bad voice or whatever the reason. I don't know anyone who won't belt it out in the car by themselves so lift up your voice in church and blend in with the other bad singers out there.

flip flop mama said...

Maren-Music makes me cry too. It just has that special way of touching your heart. And both my kids go to bed each night with a song. It's just a wonderful way to end the day. I hope you get to do the same someday. :)

Jen-You're wonderful.

Brooke-I'm glad I'm not the only one who is a little agitated. You're right, it is a commandment. We are commanded to worship and singing is a form of that.

Maile and Doretha-I think you may be on to something there. People really do care more about what other people think here. Kinda sad...

Mother-Yes, you are.

Julie-I want to know too! It's great that you want to be an example for your kids. Me too.

beck-Your mom sounds awesome. And she had an awesome daughter too. Everyone should sing!

The Roz's said...

i'm no great singer but i always sing in church. if i don't know the words and can't see the hymnal, i will hum. i love the words of the hymns, they bring such peace and comfort.

bythelbs said...

I'm NOT a singer, but I pretty much always sing. On those rare occasions I don't, it's mostly likely because I'm either dealing with one of my kids or I'm in a really bad mood, which really, if I'm in a bad mood the singing would probably help.

Staceygirl said...

I actually love to sing in church. I'm kinda bummed now because I play piano in RS, so I don't get to sing as much anymore. When we sit in the way back (cultural hall), I can't hear anyone around me singing, so I feel like I'm doing a solo, and that's kinda awkward since I'm not a great singer. Maybe the people in back sing even less? Russ says it's because I can't hear the people in front singing when we're behind them... still, it sure seems awful quiet. When everyone is singing, you can really tell a difference in volume.

Steph said...

I totally noticed that last sunday too!! In my ward growing up we had a chorister who (I'm not kidding) stopped and went over to the podium and told everyone I can't hear you. Sing! Like we were in primary! She was great.

Sharon said...

I have to sing! I wouldn't feel like I was really at the meeting if I didn't participate. What's really cool is that my kids are finally getting into it too, even though I thought it would never happen. :) They sound awesome.

PS I missed your blog when my computer was out!

The Potter Family said...

Hmm, I usually sing, but sometimes I like to sit and listen. I just hold my 2 year old that loves music and hum to him during some hymns. It's good to do the right thing, but people who are choosing the right are always faced with the temptation to judge those who are not, which, as the scriptures say, is worse than the sin the other person is doing. So sing on, but careful of the judgement factor. The last thing church members need is to be judged cause they aren't singing! The challenge is to do whats right and not feel indignant that others aren't. It's hard, which I guess is why there is so much judgement in the church, and out for that matter.

flip flop mama said...

Rene, I see your point, but there was no judgement on my side. I wasn't judging people for not singing, I was simply trying to find out why people don't sing. The fact of the matter is that the Lord loves it when we sing. He even compares it to a prayer and we are commanded to pray. Whatever the reason for not doing these things is a personal decision. I meant no judgement.

The Potter Family said...

I actually meant it for everyone. I didn't really see any judgement coming from you. Just something I notice in myself sometimes - when I'm doing the right thing and others aren't I find it way too easy to get upset with them. Just playing devils advocate I guess. =)

The Potter Family said...

Hmm, I wrote this yesterday but it's not on here, so I'll write again! I said that I hadn't meant it really directed towards anyone, and that I actually had noticed in myself lately that the few things I do right I feel the temptation to get upset with certain people who aren't making the same choices. So my post was alluding to my own thoughts lately and kind of playing the devils advocate. Definitely good to be reminded singing is loved by God.