“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations (Psalm 100:1-5 NASB).”
Most directors were dedicated, cordial and appreciative. I remember only once being required to audition for a church choir.
Back in the early 1970’s, J. Lamar Alexander was serving as choir director at the First Baptist Church of Lake Providence, Louisiana. He had me sing notes of the scale. I’m surprised that I got up the courage. I’d say he was a master at his craft…
He mastered the traditional form of worship service.
Lamar Alexander believed in call to worship opening selections. To this very day I recall the holy hush following our offerings of ‘The Lord is in His Holy Temple.’
“But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him (Habakkuk 2:20 KJV).”
The lyrics, based on Scripture, called us to worship, submission and praise.