As soon as I opened my mouth to sing (behind a mask of course), it became obvious that I was singing a solo. "Too late now," I thought to myself, "I'm committed." So, I sang out loud and clear. It actually felt very good. I felt like I was allowed to worship again in the meeting.
After the meeting, many people came up to me and said how much they enjoyed hearing the words of the hymns again. I asked them if they had been singing. They said that they had just been enjoying listening to me sing.
"Oh, no, no, no! You are supposed to sing, too!"
The next Sunday, I decided to sing the hymns again, no matter what. This time, I could actually hear more people singing with me. After the meeting, some people that I had not seen at Church physically in a very long time thanked me for singing. They told me that the reason they had not come out to Church for so long was that they thought, "It just doesn't feel like Church without the singing! And because we can just watch on the computer, why go to the effort to dress up to go to the building?""
They did say that if I continue to sing each week, they would come back to Church in the chapel.
Singing the hymns during meetings helps us unite in praises and worship and invites the Spirit to testify. Oh, that we could have more of that across the world today!