- Describe a time that you went to an event that was not quite what you expected. How did you react?
- How do you make a joyful noise unto the Lord?
- What kinds of noises should be in God's choir?
Reading: Matthew 21: 16
One summer a bunch of my friends and I were invited to a concert of a band one of our colleagues was a member of. The concert was being given during a carnival in a town where another colleague lived. She invited us to spend the afternoon at her home where he parents had planned a picnic.
The town we were visiting, New Bloomfield, PA, was in Perry County, which has the reputation of being very rural. When we arrived in the town, we laughed as we said to each other, "Pinch me, I'm in New Bloomfield." We got to the picnic and were amazed at the number of people there.
On our way to the concert, we stopped at a convenience store and purchased cigarette lighters. No, we were not smokers; but, we wanted to wave the lighters during the concert like they do at major music events. We got to the carnival and our friend's act went on stage. Boy, were we surprised.
We thought he was part of a rock band. But, we soon found out that instead, he was part of a community band with brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. They played marches. Since we bought the lighters we used them but we looked silly considering what we were listening to.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It doesn't matter what you are playing or how you sound. God always likes noise which is played to God's glory! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Watch this video of the camp song, "All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir."