Even by yourself, worshiping the Lord through song is glorious. Yet remarkably, it increases in pleasure and meaning when we all sing together, because we know the Lord is glorified by His people’s praise. What a gift it is, that God has given us the ability to give expression to the praises and fears of the believer in both prayer and song.
Moreover, as Christians we know that music holds a firm grip on the believer’s affections, music can assist in the teaching of sound doctrine. That grip is only strengthened when music marries sound doctrine to experience. We are so often instructed to look to God alone for help in need and sorrow by truly excellent music. Isn’t it remarkable how we Christians find fresh strength for the trials of life?
Add to that the pleasure enjoyed by those who make music for the Lord! Those who work hard to understand the music, and then perform it, not only interact with great music intelligently, but also enjoy the privilege of serving their brethren in worship. They are like the holy musicians of old, knowing the unique blessing of duty and pleasure mingled with truth and beauty. Their offering to the Lord is double blessed, for we who sing are led by those who serve.
True, there is no one particular musical style that is adequate to express the full range of biblical truth or of Christian experience. That’s why we intentionally use many styles to comfort and encourage believers. We all know that styles come and go, but that God’s promises conveyed by music do not. Our musicians serve with many styles, always striving to perform them with excellence.
We’ll employ orchestration, choirs, and solo performance to lead our congregation in contemplation and faithful expression of the glories of God, suitable for all ages.