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.