How Music Helps Us Worship

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.     Colossians 3:16

Scripture is full of song. From the entire book of Psalms to the angel chorus that proclaimed the birth of the Christ child; from the song of Hannah to the song of Mary;  from the song of Zechariah to the song of Simeon and the songs of Paul and Silas sung in a prison cell, faith inspires song and song inspires faith. 

Why did they sing and why do we sing?

  • Because music can comfort us in ways words cannot.
  • Because music can challenge us in ways words cannot.
  • Because God commands our praises and expects us to respond with song.
  • Because God knows we need to sing in order to believe.
  • Because music joins us with the company of heaven where God's creatures sing day and night without ceasing: "Holy, holy, holy , the Lord God the Almighty: who was and is and is to come." (Revelation 4:8)

At Seneca Presbyterian, we strive to include the full expression of musical styles in our worship, from traditional to contemporary; from classical to modern; from hymns old to hymns new; with different voices and different rhythms and different languages.  In God's house we sing the songs of all God's people, because in God's house, it's not about us. It's about God. 

How We Make Music

The music of worship is the sung prayers and praise of the people, but at Seneca Presbyterian others help us to sing our praises. Four unique sources of that support are highlighted below. 

  • The Chancel Choir

    Our Chancel Choir shares in the leadership of the traditional (11:00) worship service as well as other special services throughout the year. It is made up of volunteers who enjoy singing together as well as sharing their gifts with the congregation for the glory of God. The choir currently rehearses at 10:00 each Sunday morning. 

  • The Band

    Our band provides musical leadership for the contemporary (9:00) worship service.  It includes guitarists, small percussion, and a vocalist. Currently the band rehearses prior to the 9:00 service on Sunday mornings.  Other instrumentalists are welcome to join, as well as other vocalists. Any band member would love to speak with you about how to volunteer!

  • The Hand Bell Choir

    Seneca Presbyterian Church has been blessed with a hand bell choir for more than thirty years! Our five octaves of White Chapel Bells are supplemented by three octaves of Malmark chimes. The combination creates a glorious sound.  The bells "ring" during the 11:00 service about 6-8 times during the academic year (September-May).  They rehearse weekly during that same time period. This choir is made up of volunteers with varied experience ringing bells. The veterans are glad to teach the rookies! 

  • The Pipe Organ

    Our organ...