By Shuntaria Wood | November 1, 2013 | Leave a Comment
The Gospel Choir performing at Methodist University
Outside of my major, math education, my heart is in music – specifically gospel music. Gospel music ventures deeper into the conscience of an individual and speaks words of encouragement and wisdom. I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in a Bible-rooted church. As a child, I anticipated the fourth Sunday of every month because that was the day when the children’s choir would sing. The power in the words of every song was uplifting. The sincerity in every voice demonstrated the unity of God’s people. The clapping and foot stomping under beat mimicked the heartbeat and the breath of life that the Lord grants us each and every day. The music, organ, and drum set melodically synced every verse, bridge, and chorus of the songs. Yet, the most impacting, powerful portions of gospel singing in my church were the musical breaks we would take when the spirit began to cover the church and the saints. Those musical breaks gave me a spiritual reassurance that God was there, his presence was there, and he was pouring down an abundance of blessing on our church as we continued to praise him through song. That spiritual reassurance was something I wanted to hold on to once I transitioned into my next step in life-college.
Campbell University’s Campus Ministry truly has a wide range of options for anyone seeking to strengthen their relationship with God while in college. During my Campbell orientation, the first extracurricular opportunity I asked about was the Gospel Choir. My freshman year, I joined the choir and now, as a junior, I am still a faithful member. Campbell’s Gospel Choir is exactly what I expected it to be, if not better! Every Tuesday night at 8, I sense the same excitement I felt in my church, from gospel music. The late night rehearsals once a week are so worth it when the time comes for performances and concerts.
The choir is like a family, and the unity of the members is undeniable. I’ve met some of my closest friends through the choir. This year I am the president, and after being under such great leadership over the past two years, I feel even more equipped to hold the position. Joining the gospel choir was one of the best decisions I have ever made here at Campbell!