In a time when music serves as a source of conflict in many churches, the goal of the Music Ministry is to return peace-and power-to the Church. Music can do this. As Martin Luther said, “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” When music and the Word of God are combined, a powerful force for good is unleashed. The singing of hymns encourages the best of the Christian faith. Again, in the words of Luther, “The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to mankind to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music.” We believe that hymns must remain at the forefront of congregational song. No other musical form can replace the singing of hymns in the church. For only hymns can unite a musical language (harmony, melody and rhythm) of varying styles with a theologically minded text inspired by a strong personal experience. And the singing of a hymn allows the contemporary Christian to sing with the saints through centuries of triumph and tragedy. Thus, by proclaiming God’s truth through hymns, the believer enters a unique place. A place where truth and beauty unite to inspire hope and confidence. The beautiful hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, contains these words: “Only Thou art holy, There is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love and purity.” In singing a hymn, the mind is nourished and the spirit lifted as this thrice holy God becomes the object of worship and adoration. Singing a hymn is not only a great privilege, it is truly a great opportunity!
The Adult Choir continues rehearsing every Wednesday evening at 7:00 through May 29.
Beginning June 12, rehearsals will begin at 6:30 through the summer. Please come join us!
The Children’s Choir is diligently working on their spring musical scheduled for Wednesday, June 5th at 6:30pm immediately following the Wednesday night supper. Please make plans now to attend this worship service.
The Youth Ensemble and Children’s Choir recently sang in worship and it was amazing! Let Jean, Bill, John or Graham know if your youth are interested in joining us. The ensemble also rehearses Sunday afternoon.
Our Handbell Choir, directed by Glenda Wade, continues rehearsals every Tuesday at 6:00pm in the Agape classroom in the Hospitality Center.
The Ladies’ and Men’s Ensemble’s June and July schedules will be sent via email.
Anderson Lee, Harpist Extraordinaire, shared her talent in our worship service March 17th, April 7th, May 5th and will join us again, June 2nd.
Rev. John Thompson
Minister of Music