). And after Jesus and the Twelve had partaken of the last supper, they sang a hymn. I wish I could transport you back in time to the early church so you could attend 45 minutes or so of a worship service, because I think the experience would change you forever. Choruses have created a virtual revolution that is lauded by some Christians as a return to biblical worship. Identifying a number of these types can raise our awareness of the distinct nature of each prayer we insert in a service. They’re the bread and butter of the worship leader who wants to be relevant. In our second text (II Chronicles 20:22) we saw how singing and praising and worship in music brought intervention by God’s hand. For these reasons and others, Jewish synagogue worship and modern Christian services are similar in content and spirit. To worship God through music. When we recognize the importance of music we do not detract from the centrality of Word and sacrament. Our lives are to be lived for God's glory. That is why it is important that the texts that the church sings be Scripturally accurate, and not only accurate, but balanced, reflecting all of the things that are true about God. There are no New Testament instructions on the type of instruments to be used (or not used), and no particular “style” of music is recommended or forbidden. … [for] the songs of the Lord. …” (1 Chr. Such efforts should never be done unthinkingly, and such prayers should never be written carelessly. We’re transformed on the inside as we’re filled with the Spirit and devote everything we are to worship, praise, and thanksgiving to our heavenly Father. Gasp. Music is used to teach the gospel. They are the tools with which we help our people see, savor and sing to Jesus. In many ways, it allows for a direct connection with God in ways sermons can’t or don’t. There is a great challenge facing the contemporary church in the field of music and worship. Each Sunday as we come together to worship the Lord, what frames our services? The call of God reaches the depths of our hearts with special power through music, and our singing expresses with special power the deepest response of our hearts to God. Modern Songs. When we understand the Biblical values undergirding “the purpose of church worship”, then we can properly situate the place of music. Music as worship fulfills God’s command. A poll of church leadership revealed that music is at the very bottom of priorities. 137:1–4.). Lights, mics and a stage help that happen. Possessing a dimension of its own, music often exceeds the spoken word in expressing moods and feelings of the soul. PURPOSE OF A MUSIC MINISTRY 1. In other words, when we sing and devote our whole selves to God, something godly happens within us. POWER OF MUSIC . ), Later, the Psalmist spoke of praising the Lord with the sound of the trumpet, psaltery and harp, timbrel, stringed instruments and organs, loud cymbals, and high sounding cymbals. Music communicates to us… (pause) in fact music’s ability to communicate is so powerful that even the military recognizes it’s importance. Worship matters to you. Indeed, in some ways, corporate prayers require more thought than personal prayers because they must address the needs and concerns of many. We also learn that the saints shall “stand on the right hand of the Lamb, when he shall stand upon Mount Zion, … and they shall sing the song of the Lamb. …” (D&C 133:56. Small churches, lousy music. “Good Acoustics” Defined. Both Jews and Christians revere a transcendent God and both give honor to Scripture. Scripture tells us hymns and songs are used to worship God. 2. …”. I could answer this question in a cynical mode by suggesting that, to some people, music in liturgy is not important at all, judging from some of the experiences I have had. I’d like to demonstrate for you how broad that gulf is. Throughout scripture, we’re commanded to sing. Songs are the fundamental building blocks of our worship services. And so one way I’d like to demonstrate for you just how broad is this gulf that we are trying to cover in living the life and the spirit of Church’s Liturgy. To some, the style of worship music is simply a matter of the worshipper’s preference. 7. Music’s use in worship in the church today is valuable and can honor God in a special way. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; … saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Singing is an important part of who we are and who God created us to be. Music In The Worship Of The Early Church Very little can be said with certainty about the music of the first three centuries of the church beyond texts used and liturgical forms followed. In musical worship, song selection is critical. Singing becomes the congregation’s chance to participate in the service. It’s the PREACHING. What priority should worship be given in the church? Why is worshipping God so important? Music In … Hymns and spiritual songs take our faith and compact it. 1. To others, the style of music in corporate church worship is a matter of right and wrong. By contrast … See also Alma 26:13.) Music was an important element of both temple and synagogue worship. Music is something we both hear and sing when we worship. To some, the style of worship music is simply a matter of the worshipper’s preference. Singing as a part of Christian worship is so much more than mere mental exercise. The importance of worship is huge. Music, quite apart from an associated text, is capable of evoking powerful emotions. Click here to watch Bishop Brewer's latest sermons on YouTube. Here's a brief explanation why. As a result, music and singing have been elevated to a place of prominence in church meetings and services. The apostle Paul wrote to the saints: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace …” (Col. 3:16), and “making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph.