what is the role of music in worship?
Music accomplishes several purposes in our worship services. First and foremost, God desires that we sing praises to Him (Ps. 147:1). Through music, we give thanks and praise to God, and it is fitting to come into His presence with singing (Ps. 100:1-2). Worship music also serves a teaching capacity: by our singing, we instruct one another (Eph. 5:18; Col. 3:16) as well as the world (Is. 12:5; Rom. 15:9). Singing engages both our affections and our intellect; we sing with our spirit, but with our mind also (1 Cor. 14:15). Music helps us commit things to memory. We remember what we sing much better than we remember what we only hear; it’s why so much of the instruction of Israel was codified in the Psalms and why businesses everywhere set their advertising to jingles! Because of the important role music plays in our corporate worship, the aim of our Worship Ministry is to be excellent in all we do (Col. 3:23). This points us to God, who Himself is the ultimate expression of truth, goodness, and beauty (Phil. 4:8). Music also serves as a unifying force in our congregation. This requires us to transcend stylistic preferences, and to unite around our common purpose of worshiping God. When He is the focus—both in our hearts, and in the content of the music used in worship—music ceases to be an idol and becomes the vehicle of worship it was intended to be. We look forward to joining you in worship very soon!