Many church choirs are dying — here’s why

Comments (6)
  1. Rev. Joel Krogen says:

    So, the trends of an apostate church such as ELCA and what appears to be a non-denominational church matter to the LCMS and her worship? Actually, many in our synod believe that, and that is part of our problem. It’s more than a little odd that our synodical publication would run a story like this.

    There are small congregational choirs in our synod that are very good, and they perform without costing their congregations any money at all. A volunteer choir director can work with an accompanist to deliver God-pleasing choir music during the Divine Service.

    As for adapting, well, the true Church has never been good about adapting to the world, and it shouldn’t be; the Church is not the world.

    Perhaps the Reporter should run a story titled, “Many congregations are embarrassed by Lutheranism–here’s why.”

    1. Ron Sautter says:

      I agree with Joel. I too would like to see a story with his suggested title.

      And as talkshow host, Dennis Prager, is fond of saying, the secular has had a bigger influence on the religious, than the religious has had on the secular. Shame on us.

  2. Jason Kelly says:

    My congregation has a strong choir. We also have musicians that play the organ, piano, brass and handbells to enhance our worship.

    A choir is good for leading the church to learn new hymns. I can say that at times, I wish that our choir would hold back and let the congregation sing. Familiar hymns, such as Thy Strong Word and For All the Saints, should belong to the congregation’s voices. As on this hymn and others, the entire congregation is the choir.

    Our world’s rat race lifestyle is perhaps the most challenging aspect of staying involved in the church choir. There are newer LCMS congregations closer to the suburbs where we live. While those congregations offer the convenience of being close by, they don’t offer the sacred music that the Lord’s Church has historically sang. So, we sacrifice to drive to a congregation near downtown. This takes a toll on a working family, struggling to make ends meet in the suburbs.

    In short, choirs are struggling for the same reason that inner city congregations are struggling. Many who love the church’s traditional hymns are persuaded by the convenience that their local congregation offers. I choose to remain a part of my inner city congregation. If our choir and congregation declines, we’ll worship in our home. We won’t go to an LCMS congregation that has embraced contemporary worship.

    We will sing the sacred hymns of the Lord’s Church. They teach us the faith, by putting it on our lips, Christ Crucified for the Wicked. We will forever cling to him and his cross, which is so well presented by the choirs of the faithful congregations of the LCMS.

  3. Brian Crow says:

    All a choir needs is a good accompianist. The comment about cantatas and orchestras confuses me. I conducted a choir of 8 at an LCMS church that worshipped 50 a week. Did we have a lot of SATB? No, but that group sang strong and contributed to the worship and he proclaiming of the Word. A congregation that is taught the hymnody does not need “song leaders.”

  4. Betty M says:

    There we go again building up entertainment and experience! Since when did we have to have a Broadway production to sing choir music?? All I have ever sung in the few choirs I have been privileged to sing in was pretty much a hymn from our hymnal the choir worked on and sang. Usually we sang it acapella and it is beautiful. It is wonderful for those big mega churches who have access to all of that but most churches do not have a budget for something like that. Doesn’t anyone want to participate in worship any more but leave everything to be entertained??

  5. The unfortunate aim of this article seems to be that the choir is a part of service to perform. Any time someone wishes to participate in worship to perform or be recognized is missing our scope of worship.

    A choir seems to be best serving when they understand their role as leading and offering. Leading the congregation in their response to God’s grace through song and liturgy. And offering in response to gift of their ability to sing.