Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 NASB

The purpose of Coram Deo is to lead the congregation in corporate worship. Coram Deo is a Latin word for “being in the presence of God”. This doesn’t just mean on Sundays it is a lifestyle, people want to serve by leading through song. Basically it’s a praise team of singers! It’s nice to have leaders to help the congregation know how to sing (especially new songs) and it’s a joy to do- to watch the congregation worship God.

Coram Deo meets Wednesday nights during the school year to practice after the Choir at approximately 8:20 for a 30-minute practice. During the summer Coram Deo meets from 7-8:15 to practice with the band.

Someone interested in joining Coram Deo should be comfortable reading music. They are often auditioned either through the choir or individual solos. The best way to become part of Coram Deo is to join the choir and serve in that capacity first, however if you are unable to do this, you may contact Joel Purcell, directly if interested.

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:17 NASB

The purpose of the choir is to glorify God through singing choral music. Additionally choir offers a unique fellowship ministry; to come together once a week to gather, pray and fellowship especially with a great diversity of age groups that don’t always have the opportunity to interact. Choral music is so unique because if you have twenty plus voices, they all have strengths and weaknesses but they come together to sing praise to Christ. It’s a picture of the body of Christ, when we all work together it shows the power of Christ greater and gives more glory to God. When you have a solo it can be beautiful but together it’s an amazing picture.

The choir meets Wednesday nights for rehearsals throughout the fall and spring (from 6:45pm-8:15pm) and the choir typically sings two times per month during the morning services. Then there is a Christmas program the Music Ministry puts on which the choir is usually a big part of. There are also two socials per year at Christmas time and in the spring. Rehearsals are generally weekly, but as the Christmas and Easter programs approach, there are usually two extra rehearsals on weekends.

Because the choir leads in worship, to join the choir, a person must be a member of Lakeside or planning to attend the next membership class. If you are interested, you can contact Joel Purcell at or 727-241-1714 ext. 311.

The Lord says to my Lord: 'Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.' The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, 'Rule in the midst of Your enemies.' Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew. Psalm 110:1-3 NASB

The purpose for children’s choir is to give kids an opportunity to learn how to glorify the Lord through music. This is done in two different ways, by teaching them about music and the intricacies of music and what it means to sing for the Lord and what it means to have their motivations be for the Lord (not for their family etc). Additionally, we want to be teaching them truths about God through the songs they sing. In the past years we have done a musical with the kids so they have an opportunity to do some acting and how to use those talents to honor the Lord, to get into characters and to express those characters in a way that glorifies the Lord.

The activities include a practice during the evening services on Sunday nights, starting at 5:45 until 7pm. Once a week practice during the school year and they typically sing either morning or evening service sporadically and also to participate in the Christmas program in Early December. There is usually one extra rehearsal before the Christmas program on a weekend. Helpers might require an extra 30 minutes per week to assist with planning. To sing in a choir, a child just needs to show up consistently for practice.

If you are interested in singing in the choir or being a helper with the choir, you can contact either:

  • Joel Purcell 727 441-1714 ex 311
  • Nicole Purcell