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"When in Our Music, God is Glorified" by Don Brown

A Catalyst Testimony

I believe it was 2004 when Helen and I decided to work with the Middle School Handbell Choir.  We realized the group did not have a leader for the coming school year.  Grandson Stewart was entering Middle School, and we wanted to make sure he had a handbell choir to join. A couple of years later, granddaughter Emily joined us. Stewart and Emily are way past Middle School age, but we have continued to enjoy working with this exciting and challenging age group.  Fortunately,  Don Long soon joined us as a co-director of this group.  His experience and expertise working with young musicians, and his genuine love of students, make him a vital part of this leadership team.

Some may not be aware of the music education program going on in the church.  Each Sunday choral groups for young children through high school, as well as handbell ensembles, train children and young people not only in musical skills but also in the value of music in worship.  Students in these ensembles become worship leaders as they prepare to sing or play in our services.  They also learn the value of teamwork, coupled with individual responsibility.

 While leaders (including choir accompanists) of these groups are volunteers, the Catalyst resources enable us to purchase the music and supplies we need to sustain these programs.  Without that support,  we would not be able to function.  We are grateful to our congregation for their support of the music ministry and other vital ministries of Second Baptist. 

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be glory) on each of his compositions.  We may not always be successful, but that is our goal and purpose in the music ministry of Second Baptist.

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