Recently our church held a Christian Music Sunday. It was a great day in which Pastor Smith reminded us of our responsibility to offer our praise through music, and the congregation enjoyed numerous favorites by our choir, various ensembles and musicians.
As a result of the special emphasis of the day, I was given the opportunity to share a few thoughts regarding music in our church bulletin. While I don’t claim to be some great philosophical thinker (I’d rather subscribe to a philosophy than prescribe one), I did receive some positive feedback, so I decided to share them here.
Welcome to Christian Music Day
a word from the worship pastor
Mikado is a wonderful place that God has blessed with so much musical talent. I’m thankful for our Pastor, who loves God and loves music. He sets a dynamic and godly tone for our ministry. I’m also grateful to be able to serve in a church with such a rich heritage.
People often ask me, “What is the style of music at Mikado?” Since every church is different, my response typically includes the fact that our worship is “hymn-based,” which is a quick way to identify our music program as primarily traditional in focus. The hymns and Gospel songs provide a rich heritage and great source of encouragement. However, that doesn’t mean that we are not willing to sing “new” songs. In fact, a new song can be considered for use in our services as long as it meets the following criteria: 1) The new song must be Scriptural and doctrinally sound. 2) The new song must exhibit musical excellence, which includes balance in all musical areas (melody, harmony, rhythm, etc.). Any imbalance would typically constitute a song that would not fall in line with our “musical style” here at Mikado.
LET’S MAKE IT PERSONAL
While choosing music is a subjective task, these guidelines help us stay within the biblical parameters of “proving what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Eph. 5:10). These principles are also helpful to those seeking to honor God in their personal musical choices. The world has much to offer, and sadly many in the church have embraced music that does not honor God. In Colossians we are told to allow God’s Word to “dwell in you richly with all wisdom” (3:16). When we immerse ourselves in the Scriptures, and genuinely seek God’s mind, it will have a direct influence on our music. Our choices will please God, and He will reign in our lives.