Early on a
misty Mothers Day, I attended the Mount Zion Baptist Churchs 7:30
AM worship service to better understand how churches use Gospel
music is used. Located in the middle of Seattles Capitol Hill, the
church is a spacious, multi-story building with distinct
African-style architecture, murals, and tapestries. After parking
in the parking lot, I entered the building and climbed the stairs
to the nave. There, a small, friendly woman greeted me, and I gave
her my information, because it was my first time at the church. In
the nave were rows of seats. To the right of the stage was the
combined choir, accompanied by a pianist and drummer.
I arrived at the beginning of the congregational hymn, O How I Love Jesus, not the sort of show more content
Regretfully, this was the last song the congregation would sing with the choir. Once the song ended, a woman came up to announce announcements and initiate welcoming visitors. Although I felt rather awkward, the church members were rather welcoming. I dont think there was a church member who didnt come up to shake my hand.
Then the choir sang a song after each subsequent event, including announcements: prayer, offering, and, finally, benediction. There were also some sung Hallelujah after the passionate sermon by Rev. Aaron Williams. The choir songs were primarily lead by the pianist, Mrs Phyllis Byrdwell. During offering, she played a song we had practiced in the Gospel Choir course. The songs tended to be slow-paced with drawn out notes and carried by the choir. However, a male-female duo led the song after offering. The songs were also themed according the event they followed. For example, after offering, the duo and choir sang a song about giving. The service ended with one last song sung by the choir after
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