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Why I Sing: David Mosher

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“In one way or another, we are all touched by music,” says David Mosher. “There is something about it that touches on the divine and eternity, so it’s something everyone can relate to. Creative expressions find their root in God himself because he is the creator.”

David, who’s been in the First Baptist Sanctuary Choir for over 10 years, started his musical journey as a child. His father and mother were both musical and took him to piano lessons as a young boy. While he only took lessons for three years, he still feels indebted to his piano teacher, who set him “on a path of understanding” music theory and reading music.

When he entered the youth group, an older gentleman took David under his wing and taught him to read bass clef and sing tenor. Then, the youth minister, who was also his church’s music director, introduced David to using music as a form of worship.

“At early times in my life, I don’t think I really understood how music could be used as a way to glorify God,” says David. “But I learned more and more that it was a way I could praise God and offer myself back to him. My youth director, probably more than anyone, inspired me to sing for God.”

David’s musical growth in his youth group served to “springboard” him into the future. From there, in his young adult and college years and through the early years of marriage, he was poured into by a “myriad of choir directors.” Each shaped him into the man he is today and further encouraged him to view music as a way to communicate with God directly from the heart.

Within the church, David recognizes the necessity of music to function as that vein connecting us to God. Worship ministry, Sanctuary Choir, worship teams, solos, instrumentalists – all serve as worship avenues to lead a congregation in worship and are indispensable to the church member.

“It’s not a performance,” says David. “It’s not one group trying to impress another group. Instead, we’re all part of the experience of worship. The leadership that’s hopefully shown on the platform embraces and invites everybody else to be part of that. I see it as a joint effort – a joint venture – together.”

This is how the Church has functioned for generations. In early liturgical churches (and within liturgy today), the service cannot progress without the congregation. The leaders and the people work together to worship. Both are equally important.

Likewise, at First Baptist, if the music minister initiates a call and response and does not receive the response, how can he continue? Worship would halt. So, together, as congregants and as leaders, we usher in worship and speak the language of God.

For David, it’s rewarding to be able to speak that language among a full choir of like-minded people. The camaraderie between choir members gives a sense of belonging and makes him feel closer to God. However, he maintains that even those who feel like they “can’t sing” can actually sing.

“We can all have that bubbly experience of worship coming out – whatever sound it makes,” he says. “It’s there and that’s how we were created. We yearn and long to respond in those ways, whatever music means to us. Even if it’s not the right chords.”

David believes all humans are musical. We walk to a beat. Our sentences rise and fall in tone. Every sound has a pitch and often corresponds to a note. Yet, David is convinced that musical and creative expression here on earth are limited compared to what we’ll experience in eternity. He likens music in heaven to being able to hear the infinite number of notes “hidden between the cracks of the piano keys.” David believes music in eternity will be an unlimited experience.

Yet, while we are here on earth, David serves as an example to us all to worship with our creativity, regardless of what it looks like. Whether you create through art, cooking, woodworking, parenting, writing, building, or singing – create with purpose and passion.

For David, it’s music.

“I sing because I can’t help it,” he says. “I wouldn’t know what to do if I couldn’t. It’s something inside and has to come out. It’s a response to God and what he gives. If I couldn’t sing, I’d have to find some other way – to play an instrument or something. I’d have to express it.”

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