I found out something impressive about my editor this morning.
He is a liturgist at his church.
This didn’t really surprise me, since he has a pretty good voice, but what did surprise me is that he actually does sing the liturgy. I told him I thought that was pretty brave, and he seemed surprised, like he thought it wasn’t really that big of a deal.
I don’t get stage fright, and I love public speaking, but I do not like singing alone or in a very small group in public, because I know my voice is not good.
Doing the liturgy in particular is very hard for a couple reasons: first, it’s usually sung at least partly without accompaniment, meaning that you have to be able to stay on key all by yourself; second, almost everyone knows how it’s supposed to sound, so you can’t just make something up and pretend like that’s the way it’s supposed to be; and third, churches often have a big crowd, and though friendly, it can be scary to try to sing in front of your friends, family, old teachers, and random people who know you.
In short: If you know someone who sings the liturgy in your church, take a minute to thank them for their bravery, skill or talent.