Realizing you can’t sing.

The church I attend has recently moved to a new building. Or rather the outpost of the mother church I attend has moved to a new building. (I prefer outpost instead of church plant because it sounds more like we’re trying to tame the frontier. Don’t judge me, you don’t know my life.)

Yesterday, during the worship, I realized something for the first time in 38 years of church attendance.

I suck at singing.

I knew I wasn’t good. I’ve always known that, but for years, I hid safely under the blanket of loud music and large audiences. The church we attended in Atlanta had 42,000 people, in each row. It was massive. I could have screamed and not actually heard the horribleness that came out of my mouth yesterday. But because my current church is small and new, people aren’t singing yet. (You have to coax an audience to sing like teaching a small bird to fly.) During the first song the combined sound of Jenny and I singing hit me like a large round object used to demolish buildings. (I’ve already hit my quota for wrecking ball jokes this year.)

I started looking around for the poor cat that was being tortured and realized it was us! The Acuffs were the source!

I guess I always thought that angels liked my voice, that in the whole “the rocks will cry out” my voice was part of a heavenly melody. Now I know the truth, my voice is just one more part of my life that requires grace.

Are you horrible at singing too? Or is it just me?

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  1. Jim Restle says

    How about when someone has the bright idea to sing a cappella in the living room during small group, and there aren’t enough people for the bad singers like me to lip sync?

    At a Super Bowl party this year, instead of prayer we sang the doxology in a space that was about 4×5 feet. I’m sure that will not become a tradition.

  2. Lois Pepple says

    I understand the feeling. However, we are instructed to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.” That is what I do every week, as, with my (not so) little, sometimes wayward voice, I belt out the lyrics to a most heartfelt song. “Joyful noise” is sometimes synonymous with praise and worship.

  3. Elizabeth Drue says

    I’ve always wondered if in heaven we all will be in tune when we are singing or if we just won’t care whether or not we’re in tune. Personally, I hope it’s the former!

  4. Aaron says

    I’m the “worship leader” at the church I attend. I can’t sing to save my life, so I only do the talking portions [welcoming, anything between songs, closing stuff]. We have two people that can sing, so the lead the songs vocally. I do sing, I just don’t sing into the mic.

  5. Stace says

    regardless of vocal talents, remember that you are singing onto the Lord. My children once told me at church that I sounded terrible, I told them that I was not singing to them!
    I was browsing around for info: There is a VERY loud, off-key, painfully distracting person @church. I have been putting up with it for a few yrs. ( I dont want to inhibit her worship, however I cant concentrate on my worship to my lord and king(the voice is painfully piercing!). yes I have moved to the other side of the small church, no avail. I was thinking of putting a note in the bulletin: etiquette/considerations for CORPORATE worship. Suggestions?