An Audience of One

Hi Choir Families. A thought —

I’ve been reflecting on the audition process that just took place for our musical.

A number of you reached out via email, text, or in person, because your child was quite nervous.

Nervous, even though they were auditioning in the familiar choir room in front of three people — me, Chris, and Sara — who know and love them.

Then it hit me —

What do children have as examples for what a singing audition looks like?

American Idol, The Voice, America’s Got Talent, etc. —

Sometimes the judges are kind. Sometimes they’re cruel.

Sometimes the audience cheers. Sometimes they can’t wait to laugh or boo a singer off the stage the very second that singer starts to struggle.

In each case, a singer pours his or her heart out, then waits for others to tell them whether they’re worthy or not, whether they deserve to believe in themselves or not.

Now, let me tell you why I believe so strongly in what we’re doing here.

In our Children’s Choir ministry, we sing for an audience of One.

Every song of praise, every song of prayer, every time we sing to celebrate babies, celebrate mothers, or share a story of Jesus through a musical, we are singing for an audience of One.

That One doesn’t care about pitch or rhythm or stage presence.

That One is simply, profoundly overjoyed every time your child sings.

To that One, your child is already and always worthy.

Please know that Sara, Chris, and I are doing everything we can to live by that ideal. It’s the one that matters.

Blessings,

Mark

 

Summer JAM June 11 – 14, 2018

VBS July 9 – 13, 2018

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