Throughout about 20 years of my music ministry at many churches, I have insisted that my church choirs  have at least one or two public concerts during a church year.  There are two important reasons: one is we should have experience to some suitable degree of difficult projects regularly to maintain our interest in music and develop our musical skills further.  It might be similar to the case that students need to take exams on a regular basis to check if their learning process has been successful and set up goals for the future .  Second reason is our Christian life cannot stop after finding God's mercy and sharing His Grace with church families.  Our life mission is spreading God's love and the good news about salvation of Jesus Christ to people outside church.  There are many ways to fulfill these activities, but musical events are some of the most powerful tools. 

After several months of my music ministry at First Presbyterian Church, our Sanctuary Choir, with guest instrumentalists, will have a public concert on Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m.  The program will include J. Haydn's "Little Organ Mass", which was composed for a small size of choir with an excellent organist (Haydn himself) and a talented soprano soloist in the time of the composition.  The other major piece is J. S. Bach's Cantata No. 166 "Where goest thou, Lord?", which was written for the fourth Sunday after Easter.  This piece needs bass, alto and tenor soloists with a choir.  After these historical church pieces, we will enjoy exciting and powerful contemporary songs , some which is church music and some that is  general music about music itself for the rest of the program.

Our church has started a new chapter of its history recently with a new pastor, and our choir members and I hope this event will show all the people in our community our sincere determination of our ministries with God's guidance from now on.  Please look out for people who will come, enjoy and share our vision in church ministries with us while praising God with music in one voice.