“Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord, all ye lands”
Music is a big part of our worship experience here at St. John’s United Church of Christ. We have so many talented individuals who give of their time and talent for us all and we are so grateful for them. These individuals give of their time and talents for the glory of God. We find the importance of music in the new testament as the Apostle Paul writes letters to the Church. Here are a few excerpts:
Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
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 3:16
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 1 Corinthians 14:26
The scripture verses above indicate that music should be about the growth of a person theologically and spiritually. This is the emphasis in Paul’s writings.
Many people love to hear and be entertained by music in our society today. However, in the Church, music should be more than entertainment. It is a conduit for God’s word.
Music is a way to “let the word dwell richly among you.” This means that good music is the “word” or the “message” musically presented. It is joined to the testifying word, the preached word, the taught word, the prayed word of God, in such a way that the time spent together becomes a baptism in the word of God.
Music is to be an offering to the congregation from a spiritually-minded brother or sister. Paul says “each one has a psalm” as if to say, individuals come prepared and spiritually ready to sing a psalm or hymn to the group.
There are so many exciting things going on in our ministry of music here at St. John’s U.C.C. I am pleased to announce that Ann Gaadt has agreed to become St. John’s United Church of Christ Minister of Music for the coming year. Ann will direct the choir, arrange special music and of course play both the piano and organ. There have also been multiple people come forward to join the vocal choir as well. In addition to our vocal choir, we are also blessed with our bell choir. Under the direction of Cyndi Grant, our bell choir rings God’s message in such a beautiful way.
We have much to be thankful for here at St. John’s UCC. God has blessed us and continues to bless us. Next time you talk to someone involved in our ministry of music, make sure you tell them how amazing they are and how their gifts bless you spiritually.
If you are interested in singing or playing bells; please see Ann Gaadt, Cyndi Grant or myself. We would love to talk to you about how you can become part of our ministry of music. In the words of Paul, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you”.