Sing, Geneva, Sing!

Dear Parents,

I hope that this week, in spite of uncertainties in the world around us and upheavals in your own world, finds you resting in the peace of Christ that surpasses understanding.  I hope also that while we cannot gather to sing together, students (and families!) will continue to use their voices – which, like most muscles in the body, take practice and training to use well.

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

    To sing praises to your name, O Most High;

To declare your steadfast love in the morning

    And your faithfulness by night,

To the music of the lute and the harp, 

   To the melody of the lyre.

For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;

    At the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O Lord!

    Your thoughts are very deep!” 

(Psalm 92:1-5)

We sing together everyday at Geneva, and I believe it is a valuable habit for families to worship God in song together every day as well.  What better time to create this habit than now, when most of us have more time at home together than ever before?

Here are some suggestions for singing together as a family, as well as for students to practice the music we are learning and refining in choir.

  • Sing hymns or worship songs as a family daily.  Most can be found online with lyrics and sheet music on sites such as   Hymnal.net and PraiseCharts.com.
    • You might pick a song of the week or month.  You might let a different family member choose a song each day. You might make a list of family favorites and go from there.
    • In my home, with my husband, our 8-year-old, our 6-year-old, and our 2-year-old, we have found that doing this just before bedtime works well and we all look forward to it. Perhaps bedtime, morning, or after dinner when everyone is at the table would be a good time for your family?
  • Don’t be afraid to sing a fun or silly song that the kids love.  My 2-year-old can’t get past this one for now! Who Did Swallow Jonah?   It might get old for the rest of us, but it sure brings him joy. And JOY is an important part of singing!
  • Let your kids teach you songs you don’t know.  Be willing to join in with them, no matter how well you think you do or don’t sing.  This habit isn’t about demonstrating our various gifts and talents. It is about worshiping the God who gives all gifts!

These are some songs that the 3rd-6th graders have sung this year:

  • For the Cause
    • Please make sure your student has memorized the lyrics to this song in the next two weeks.  They may practice with or without the recording.
  • This is the Day That the Lord Has Made
  • I Belong to Jesus 
  • I Love the Lord Messiah
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful
  • As The Deer Thirsts (Honor Choir)
  • How Deep the Father’s Love For Us (Honor Choir)
  • Psalm 24 The Lord is King of Earth’s Domain

I miss my time at school with your children and I look forward to when I can see all of them again, whenever that may be!

Mrs. Harmon, Choir Director
aharmon@genevaroseburg.com