It’s been a great couple of weeks worshiping with you. For those of you I haven’t yet met, my name is Jared Reiff. I am a recent graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, earning the Bachelors of Music degree in Church Music in 2014 and the Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting in December 2016. I’m originally from Arkansas, but I’m living in Abilene with my wife, Alex. She’s a middle school orchestra director and a fabulous violinist. We have two adorable dogs, a chihuahua-terrier named Moose and a small chocolate poodle named Bear, who make sport of being lazy. I like to think that I am a dog training hobbyist, but they can only sit, lay, stay, come and jump on command (so far).
I cannot express how excited I am about what God is doing in the music and worship ministry of this church. While my musical training emphasized choral traditions and musical excellence, I have been given the new opportunity and privilege of leading the Praise Team and Handbell Choir as well. It has been such a joy to come alongside the musicians of this church and be a part of the ministry they provide, and I look with anticipation at the future possibilities of this ministry. I can tell that this church has a strong commitment to music in worship, and I hope to lead the congregational and special music here with faithfulness.
In this season of transition and newness, I would like to extend an intentional invitation to come and join in the music ministries of the Sanctuary Choir, Handbell Choir, and Praise Team. Maybe you fell away from coming to the choir over the past couple years but were thinking about joining again. Come. Maybe you saw the Bells play for the Christmas services and thought you would like to try that. Come. Perhaps you play(ed) an instrument in the school band or orchestra and never thought to use your abilities on trumpet or trombone, clarinet or flute, violin or double bass for worship. Please, come. You will find a place in our church’s ministry.
Please hear this: All are welcome who have the desire and dedication it takes to be an active leader of worship in the church. I believe that God only needs a willing heart to do great and wonderful things in our lives. This could be your moment to say “Yes!” to your calling.
Thank you to all the support and enthusiasm that you as a church have shown me and my wife in our transition here. We feel so much love and encouragement from you, and I hope that I will live up to your expectations to see this place and this ministry grow and flourish in 2017 (and beyond).
God’s blessings upon you,