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Music for the Season

Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:1-2

Since the days of Martin Luther, music has played a central role in the way we worship God: Luther wrote: Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits…. This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.

Music plays an especially meaningful role during Advent and Christmas. Through the singing of familiar carols, we mark the passage of the seasons and connect with our journey of faith over the years. Newer music offers us the opportunity to re-experience the Christmas story afresh, reminding us of God’s words from Revelation: “Behold, I make all things new!”

Our church musicians have been preparing to re-tell the Advent and Christmas stories in ways that we hope will add depth to our congregational worship. We’ll be supplementing accompaniments with brasses, guitars, saxophone, and violin. Musical styles will run the gamut from Bach to gospel. We do this so that all of us may be inspired to feel the presence of God in the midst of the secular “craziness” going on all around. The psalmist writes: “Praise God with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!  Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!  Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!” Psalm 150 (3-5)

Come to worship and experience quiet moments of reflection and joyous songs of celebration through music this season.