Music is an integral part of corporate worship and the church choir plays vital role in leading the worshipers in singing of songs and prayers used in worship services. The choir’s ministry to the congregation is to INVITE, PREPARE and LEAD them in worship.
The choir helps the congregation sing together and experience the presence of God. Leading the congregation in hymns and prayers is absolutely essential for worship, since praise is much desired by God. The St. Marks choir is affiliated to the Mar Thoma Department of Sacred Music and Communications (DSMC). The choir was constituted in 2005, and has two wings English and Malayalam.
The choir helps to enhance the beauty of worship every Sunday. Choir functions in accordance with the bye laws of the DSMC. Members of the choir are selected through voice test, which is normally conducted every three years. Currently the choir has total membership of 50. The choir organizes the Christmas carol service every year and participates in the annual Southern Regional Choir Festival of the diocese.
The largest choir in the church is the congregation. Role of choir in leading worship is to help our congregation sing together and experience the presence of God. Leading the congregation in hymns and prayers is absolutely essential for worship, since praise is much desired by God. Music for worship is not for entertainment. Musicians are ministers appointed by God and music for worship is not our entertainment. It is an act of worship (I Chronicles 16:4-6).
Beyond the aesthetic level into the spiritual realm. While many choirs learn to sing with musical excellence, which is very important, few musicians take either the congregation or the choir beyond the esthetic level into the spiritual realm. Choir members are to prepare themselves to be the leaders in corporate worship.
– To worship the Lord in hymns, spiritual songs and psalms and to aid the congregation to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth through singing.
– To afford an opportunity for Christian fellowship, for practical training in Christian service, and for healthy activities, both spiritual and physical, among members and friends
– To exhort members to live consecrated lives in close communion with God and in daily study of His Word.
– To encourage members to witness for the Lord both in word, songs, hymns, deed and conduct, as individuals and as a group.
– To support the mission of the Church.
– To exalt the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ in its activities