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|Why Sing Skillfully?|
|News - Theology|
|Written by Tim Black|
|Thursday, 13 August 2009 15:00|
Brian L. Penney, pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Copiague, NY (CREC), recently announced his congregation's ministry called "Heart & Voice" which aims to help your congregation learn to sing 4-part harmony. While we don't agree with the CREC's commitment to the theology of the Federal Vision, the work of "Heart & Voice" is a great idea--your part is not only written down, but also sung well on an MP3 you can listen to on the way to work. Brian writes,
On the URC discussion list, Dave asked,
This is a good question, and one which sometimes divides people--the humble say God accepts His people's singing even if its musical quality is as poor as the "widow's mite," the "truly musical" can imply poor singing is sinful worship, and some of the "truly Reformed" claim choirs are not an element of New Testament worship. Dave's question deserves a good answer.
Here is mine. Because the Lord commands us to sing, and singing requires skill, I think to sing with less skill is to sing less; to sing hardly well is to hardly sing. This is no reason to think the Lord is not merciful to those of His creatures who can merely lisp--some of whom sing in our congregation--but it is to affirm that He made us to really sing, and that He will enable us to do so once again in glory (Rev. 5; 14:3; 15:3). Our congregation has revived its choir for this reason--to teach and encourage the whole congregation to sing. Calvin called the congregation the "first choir," implying that the choir is the "second choir" in the church. I think his view is a good example to follow--the purpose of a choir is to teach and encourage the whole congregation to sing.
That it is the Lord's good command to sing is beyond dispute:
Is not artistic skill God's gift, and does God not call us to use those skills when they are required in the elements of worship which He commands?
That singing requires skill is self-evident, but is also manifest in scripture:
Our congregation may be obscure, but our King is not. So,
|Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2009 17:55|