Today was not the typical Sunday. I got up a little late to go to church this morning, so I hurried to get there. I was about 2 minutes too late. Church had already started, and our preacher was leading the singing. I had noticed that our regular song leader had not left his house yet when I went by, so I had hoped that I would make it before they started. Apparently, our regular song leader has bronchitis, and so our preacher had stepped in to lead the singing. It’s a small congregation, so we don’t have enough kids to have Sunday School, but we do start every service with “Jesus Loves Me” for the kids. As soon as the song was over, our preacher stopped and asked if I wanted to lead the singing today. I was the song leader before I moved away for graduate school. I was never very good at it. I’m just not a loud enough and confident enough of a singer to lead a congregation, let alone a small congregation where every singer counts and there is no musical accompaniment since it is a Church of Christ. Luckily, there was already a song service planned out that I had used the last time I had to be the substitute song leader. I just wasn’t exactly prepared. I usually need to get mentally read to sing and make sure that the right tune comes out. I admit, I faltered a few times today. I even had to restart “The Old Rugged Cross” because I started it wrong. Overall, I guess the song service went well. I did my best. The Bible does say:
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)
Today, we made a joyful noise only because we did it for the glory of God. Others may not have agreed that it was a joyful noise, but to me, there is nothing more beautiful than a group of people in a small country church where everyone is singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord.