Congregational Singing during COVID-19


We have not met together as a congregation for over a month now. April sort of just disappeared, didn’t it? We expect the governor of our state to announce additional re-opening guidelines in a couple of weeks so that may give us some direction about when we can expect to be able to meet together again. But, what will that look like for churches? And more specifically, for our church?

First, for context, here are a couple of articles about some “super-spreader events.”

Albany, Georgia (my aunt and uncle live here)

Washington State choir

Call Center, South Korea (take a look at the floor plan graphic showing the proximity of the infections)

The implication for congregational singing is troubling to me. Here is an article explaining more about the anatomy of singing and the current information we have about COVID-19. “Singing and the Church: A Caution for Moving Forward in Our Current Pandemic”

Even as Germany loosens some restrictions, it has banned congregational singing in religious services.

I don’t know how this will affect our services going forward. Our pastor shared from Isaiah 41 today which begins, “Listen to me in silence,” and said it would be interesting to study how much the Bible has to say about listening. Will that form our worship for a time? I don’t know. For now, I’m thinking and praying through this. What I do know, is that music is good for the soul. Be singing! You can sing in your own home as much as you like! If you’d like to listen (and maybe sing along?) to the songs we sing in our services, there’s always our Spotify playlist. I’m also sharing songs each week with our worship orders.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I will add articles here if I find any others that shape my thinking.


5 thoughts on “Congregational Singing during COVID-19

  1. Funny, in reading Isaiah 41:1 this morning I had a similar thought in regard to corporate worship. “Listen to Me in silence.”

    These things we must consider like congregational singing (perhaps no congregational singing at first), how might these things teach us about worship? I guess I am thinking of it not so much as a restriction or just our physical well-being, but also for our spiritual good.

    Very thoughtful post. Thank you.

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  2. Interesting article. I can’t stand the thought of not signing together- especially our congregation. It is interesting to think how God will use this time with our church family. What can we learn from this? There are other ways we can give and speak our praise. I do however look forward to when we can sing together.

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