Question: Did you know that David addressed over 50 of his Psalms to "The Choir Director"? Yep, it's true. David was passionate about music, specifically music used to glorify God and to lead worship. What does this have to do with 1st Presbyterian Church, Coeur d'Alene?
Years ago I learned a lesson. When things don't go as planned, be patient. God may specifically be at work! Most of my life things happened pretty much like my play book said they would. Cause and effect. Do this, and this happens. Don't do that, and that won't happen. I expected the expected. The "system" usually worked. But then, God began to show me that sometimes He isn't predictable at all. In fact, most of the time He is not predictable. The obvious is not obvious. The clear becomes muddled.
The patriarchs and prophets knew this. God showed them time and again that His plans are not our plans. His playbook is different. His clock doesn't have four quarters like it is supposed to have.
I accepted a new job a few weeks ago. A job at a great church in downtown Coeur d'Alene. A job doing what I love to do! Church music is my passion. Conducting singers, instrumentalists, and bell choirs...there is nothing more fulfilling and exciting to me than this. This is all part of God's plan! But then the Coronavirus hit. Six months ago, no one could have imagined the destruction, loss of income, and death it would cause. Places of worship are closed. Choirs aren't singing. Everything is topsy-turvy. A conductor without choirs to conduct is a sad sight indeed.
But God is great. His thoughts are not our thoughts. This game is not at all going as planned. But He has a plan for us at 1st Pres. Specifically, God has a plan for our music program and our choirs. It may be a while before it becomes clear to us, but God is in charge. Our chancel choir and bell choir will sing and ring again. Stay tuned and see what He has in mind for us. May the peace of Christ always be with you!