Choir has had an important role in worship and praise from biblical times as can be seen from two passages from among the many in the bible.
2 Chronicles 5:12-14
12 and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps, and lyres, stood east of the altar with 120 priests who were trumpeters; 13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord),
Psalms 105: 1 - 3
O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds among the people. Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him; talk of all His wondrous works. Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
Our zone is blessed with 11 church choirs and 6 congregational choirs in the different regions of UK and Europe. The choirs consist of male and female voices. There are even junior choirs in some churches and congregations.
The church choir plays an important role. Responsive readings and chants from the liturgy of the church is an indispensable part of worship. Use of music and musical instruments in the congregational response and singing make the Holy Qurbana and Divine services uplifting, exalting and devotional, leading to a spiritual experience.
The choir members share enthusiasm and a desire to make beautiful music as part of the worship service. Praise and worship are probably the most important aspect of Christian walk. It is through praise and worship that we as Christians draw near to God.
December is a festive season which celebrates the joy of Christmas. It's a time where we glorify His name and celebrate the Birth of Christ. It's a time of caring, sharing and giving. Carols form an integral part of Christmas worship. Every Christmas season, the choirs provide leadership in the Carol Service – a culmination of dedicated efforts over many weeks.
As a zone we were able to come together as a virtual choir for the Virtual Zonal Carol Service held in December 2020 to lead the opening and closing carols.