Why We Miss Congregational Singing

May 21, 2020 by

by Joe Deegan, The Gospel Coalition:

They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. This pandemic has taken so many things away, but there’s one thing I never realized I would miss this much—congregational singing.

I help lead worship at my church in Houston, so I’ve “attended” church every Sunday since the shutdown began—and it’s been one of the strangest experiences of my life. I never imagined singing for a camera with nothing but empty pews behind it. I never fully understood how much of an act of love it is to sing together. And I’ve heard friends and families speak to the same struggle of singing from home alongside a congregation they can’t see or hear.

The struggle is real, and Christians all over the world feel it. We’re desperate to sing together again.

Three Reasons We Long to Sing Together Again

I’m not bashing the virtual worship platform. I’m so grateful this technology exists during a time when the church is unable to meet together. But the longer the lockdown has gone on, the clearer it has become that singing together in church is something rare, wonderful, and hard to replicate through digital distance.

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