For almost two thousand years, Christians have used music as a way to worship. In Ephesians 5:19, Paul wrote: “Speak to one another with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs making melody to your heart.” Singing in a church setting has been a widely accepted practice amongst various denominations, age groups and even culture. Here are five reasons why we sing in church:
GOD COMMANDS US TO SING. There are hundreds of references of singing in the Bible. Jesus sang songs of praise after the Last Supper. If we are called to be like Christ, singing should be involved.
CHRISTIANS HAVE SUNG THROUGHOUT HISTORY. The earliest Christians put their community beliefs in songs. Songs are recorded in scripture and other historical text.
SONGS CAN GIVE US THEOLOGY. Hymns and other Christian songs are full of rich, theological text. Singing can educate us and teach us about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
SINGING CONNECTS US EMOTIONALLY. Music has a way of piercing into the deep parts of our soul and helps in expressing and responding to the love we have for God and the church.
SINGING HELPS UNITE US TO THE CHURCH. The gospel alone unites believers to one another. But, music is a tool that allows us to do so. When we gather, we join together as one body and praise God with one voice. God has given each of us different gifts, but we are all called, wanted and expected to sing.
The word “hymn” comes from the Greek Word “hymnos”, which means “a song of praise.” Throughout the history of the church, whenever there has been renewal, revival or restoration, new songs of worship have appeared.
In the 18th Century, hymnbooks were usually only a collection of text, they did not include musical notes. The first American hymnal to join words and music notes together was not published until 1831. The usual method of singing in church was called “lining out”. The leader would say one line and the congregation would repeat it. This was done because hymnbooks were expensive, and many worshipers could not read.
In the late 19th Century a new style of music known as “gospel” emerged. These songs were usually characterized by a strong lead vocal and exciting harmonies. In 1910, a spin off from “gospel” was born and it was called “Southern Gospel”. In the later 1930’s, southern radio stations began recording Gospel artists and in the 1950’s they began producing and distributing records.
The 20th and 21st centuries have seen an explosion of new hymn writers. Old texts have been refreshed by new tunes and more contemporary hymns have been written and recorded.
The church today has more musical resources than ever and continues to bring congregations together through song. Music means a great deal to so many people. They remember songs they learned as a child and ones associated with family events and great occasions
Waples Baptist Church is blessed with a wonderful Music Team. The love of God shines through with each song they sing from their heart. This Team works hard to bring music to the congregation so that each person can worship God in music and prepare their heart to hear the message brought to us by Pastor Lindsay.
-God’s blessings to all, Johnnie Couch
If you feel prayerfully led to participate in our Music Ministry, please contact Johnnie Couch, Worship Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 243-4663. If you would like to support this ministry with tax-deductible donations, please make your check payable to “WAPLES BAPTIST CHURCH” and write “MUSIC TEAM” in the memo field.