First Presbyterian Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Liturgy and Music
The people of God sing. They express exuberance in realizing the majesty of God and the mercy of Christ, the wholeness of reality and their new-found ability to participate in it. Songs proliferate. Hymns gather the voices of men, women, and children into century-tiered choirs. Moses sings. Miriam sings. Deborah sings. David sings. Mary sings. Angels sing. Jesus and his disciples sing. Paul and Silas sing. When persons of faith become aware of who God is and what he does, they sing. The songs are irrepressible. Quoted from Reversed Thunder: The Revelation of John & the Praying Imagination by Eugene Peterson.
God’s word comes to us through a variety of ways in worship: reading of scripture, preaching, prayer and meditation, and music. Music is a vital part of our worship services, intricately woven into the fabric, and carefully linking the texts for the day and the season of the church year. Congregational hymns, psalm singing, instrumental offerings, solos, and anthems by a variety of choirs, both choral and instrumental, span centuries of sacred composition, while blending diverse elements into a unified whole that seeks to glorify God and lift up the Word.