Why do we sing?
Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:18b-21).
Scripture is filled with calls for believers to sing together in worship of God (Colossians 3:16, Psalm 96:1-2). There are many ways to worship, but singing is special in its quality that enables us to remember the words that we sing, and its ability to stir the emotions of the heart (Luke 10:27). It is a unique way for the body of believers to be united in praise of God (Psalm 95:1-2), and it is given special attention throughout the narrative of Scripture (2 Chronicles 29:30, Matthew 26:30). For these reasons and others, we make it a regular practice.
As a church, we sing at small groups, kids and youth programs, Sunday morning services and other gatherings. In all of these arenas, we reflect the importance of the task by bringing the ministry under the following guiding principles:
Core Principles for Worship at Calvary
By God’s grace, our content will be rooted and relevant. That means...
- We “never want to forget that [our] generation isn’t the first to think about and pursue biblical worship.”
- We recognize that “the greatest traditions in the world are meaningless unless they effectively communicate God’s truth to the people who come to our meetings,” and
- We will “draw upon the rich heritage of the past, while at the same time seeking to communicate the eternal gospel in ways our culture can understand" (reference: Bob Kauflin in Worship Matters, 2008).
By God’s grace, our content will meet a standard of depth, excellence and intentionality.
- Depth – While focused on seeking the glory of God, we will present content designed to speak effectively to both the minds and the hearts of our people.
- Excellence – “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
- Intentionality – We will examine all of our content and practices to see if they are effective in accomplishing their proper objectives.
By God’s grace, we will carefully choose songs, building a repertoire that:
- Gives a balanced and complete view of what Scripture says about God’s character and our standing before him.
- Places a strong emphasis on the full picture of the Gospel.
- Through the lyrics and music, communicate effectively to our congregation.
If you have any questions about the worship ministry, please contact Pastor Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org