The Minister in charge of the Trinity Methodist Church at Amanful in Cape Coast, Very Reverend Isaac J. Aidoo, has urged choristers to be committed to God as they sing to change other people and draw them closer to God.
He said if their personal commitment to God was doubtful, their singing would become what he described as “blowing of hot air and meaningless words”, stressing that though the melody would be pleasing to the ears, there would be no impact.
The minister was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the 14th Biennial Conference of the Cape Coast Circuit of the Association of Methodist Church Choirs –Ghana (GHAMECC) held at the Ebenezer Society in Cape Coast last weekend.
The three-day conference, which was on the theme” Witnessing to Christ, the Methodist Identify and Social Impact; the role of the chorister”, brought together seven society choirs, which entertained the crowd with hymns, highlife, canticles and anthems.
Very Rev. Aidoo, who is the chaplain of the circuit choir, urged the church to keep its singing identity and said choristers as “evangelists,should sing with meaning and aim at establishing believers in the faith”.
He urged them to keep the Methodist identity of holiness, believe in supreme authority of the Bible, evangelism, standing orders and constitution of the church.
Mr. Isaac Oscar Odoom, a lay preacher of the church, speaking on the topic “Let your attitude be like Christ”, said Christ expected Christians to reflect his life, which was characterised by humility, prayer and fasting and a strong passion for God like they attached to soap operas in recent times.
The Circuit Chairman, Mr. Alex Bart Addison, commended choristers for their dedication to church activities, and urged them not to relent as God would make their wants his care if they made his service their delight.
Two dedicated choristers; Mr. Joojo Yarquah and his wife, Mrs. Effie Yarquah, who had served the circuit in various capacities, were celebrated and presented citation of honour while eight choristers who were called to glory within the past two years were remembered.
The Ebenezer Society Choir won a bible quiz competition centered on history of Methodism and choir affairs, and took away the coveted trophy and other prizes.
From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast