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John Wesley’s 312th birthday is this week. Wesley founded the Methodist Movement, and he and brother Charles worked as a team, preaching and leading people to faith, using music as a powerful teaching and preaching tool. John wrote only a handful of hymns, but he translated many hymns, especially translating works from the German and those that came from the Moravians whom Wesley judged to be people of deep faith and spirituality.
Pastor Andrew considers the function and form of worship as it pertains to music style and concludes biblical worship is fixed and flexible.
Chancel Choir sang in support of Aaron Roos and Landon Westerfield on solos. O Love of God was written as a solo melody of J.S. Bach but this setting was arranged by James R. Gillette.
“True Biblical Worship; A ‘Means of Grace’” Eph 1 v 1-6 1 Cor 1 v 10-11 James 4 v 1-3 1. The Outward Expression of Worship John 4 v 19-20 2. The Inward Expression John 4 v 23-24 1 Thess 5 v 23 1 Cor 2 v 11 Romans 8 v 16 John 4 v 23 1 Cor 14 v 14-15 Psalm 122 v 1 Psalm 84 v 1-2 Psalm 100 v 1-5
Music is powerful. It inscribes itself onto the hard drive of our minds and leaves a lasting impression. Its influence is profound. And when music is saturated in scripture and stirs our souls, we truly can worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
Children's Christmas Concert Sunday
Whether we call it discouragement, despondency, or a dark night of the soul, these words describe someone who has been overwhelmed by their present circumstances to the point of hopelessness and despair. What can we do when our circumstances seem hopeless and God seems far away? David was there, in a physical and spiritual desert, in Psalm 63. He longed for God’s presence, but God seemed far away. So, perhaps surprisingly, David chose to worship. As David worshiped in the present, he remembered the past. He remembered God’s character. He remembered God’s help. As David remembered the past, he was assured of deliverance in the future. From David, we learn to worship God in our own spiritual deserts. Worship God by clinging to Him in relationship and desperation. Worship God by choosing to sing to Him in remembrance and faith.
How will you be remembered? Can you handle success with grace and integrity? Can you maintain a commitment to what is a priority in your life when the demands of your job or sports or hobbies are seeking to devour you? Can you handle the worst that life can bring and do it with dignity? David, though he was anointed king, does not shove Saul out of his seat. He will wait on the Lord who is never early nor is He late. David will in humility worship the Lord and stay focused on His calling as he serves the others around him to the praise of his God.
Preaching is the chief means of the church’s proclamation. However, this does not mean that it is the exclusive means of the church’s proclamation. Proclamation through music is also a powerful way the church proclaims—as a means of response/gratitude— “the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.” Martin Luther considered music so important that he wrote, “Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.” The Bible is full of references to music and exhortations to sing. There are more than six hundred references to music in the Bible. What then is the role of music in the corporate worship and witness of the church? Why does the church gather corporately to sing? Consider briefly, the following six functions of music in the worship and witness of the church.