“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Singing is a primary way in which the Word of God dwells in us individually and collectively in worship. When we lift up our collective “one voice” we are encouraging and teaching our fellow believers, we are proclaiming together that the Lord is King! Many of us know that the scriptures command us to sing, and this is true, but also when the Bible mentions singing the word joy is often included. “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy” (Psalm 63:7). Singing to the Lord should be a joyful!
The scriptures are clear that all members of Christ’s church have been given various spiritual gifts for the building up of the body. We are not all specially gifted in the same way or in the same capacity as others, however, there are general commands for all believers. While one person may be very gifted in mercy, they may not be very gifted in teaching. Another may be very gifted in teaching, but not very gifted in mercy, however, both believers are to be merciful. Mercy is a general command to all believers (Luke 3:36, Matthew 5:7). The same principle can be applied to music, one person may be more gifted in singing than another, however, the Bible is clear that we are all to sing joyfully to the Lord (Psalm 33:1), but also, we should seek to do it well (Psalm 33:3) and to glorify God in it (1 Corinthians 10:31).
This is one of the reasons why we as a church should seek to be invested in the music ministry at Trinity. When the choir is singing an anthem in worship they are teaching and encouraging the congregation, and joyfully lifting up the name of God. When the choir joins in singing congregational hymns they are teaching the congregation how to sing in harmony, using the different ranges that God has given to each person. When the musicians accompany the congregational singing at Trinity they are supporting the collective “one voice” in the praise of our God. It is the goal of the music ministry at Trinity to continue to grow and develop in breadth (numbers and strength) and in depth (ability and complexity) in order to teach, to encourage, and to lift up the name of Christ and the church! However, in order for this to be accomplished the choir and the instrumental activities at Trinity need to grow.
There are specific areas of the music ministry at Trinity that require growth and strength in order to accomplish this goal: (1) the mixed choir needs regular attending men and women to sing, especially those women who have the ability to sing in the higher (soprano) range; (2) the music ministry needs musicians who play instruments at any peformance level (from clarinet to violin, and flute to guitar) to assist in accompanying the congregational singing of hymns and spiritual songs during worship; (3) all musical activities at Trinity need the youth and young adults to be involved in singing and playing during worship. The future of Trinity church is held in the hands of young, and the future of music at Trinity is no different. If the music ministry at Trinity is going to develop and grow young people, college students, and young professional need to be involved.
The musical opportunities at Trinity include: the Trinity Choir, a mixed choral ensemble that meets every Wednesday evening at 7pm, except the third Wednesday of each month, in the church sanctuary; the Trinity Women’s Choir, a choir for only women that meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm; the Trinity Hand Bell Ensemble, which meets every Wednesday at 6pm in the sanctuary; and there is also opportunity to accompany congregational singing at Trinity by playing instruments during worship. Instrumental rehearsal beings at 8:45 every Sunday morning in the sanctuary, and 4:45 every Sunday evening in the sanctuary.
If you have a desire to be involved in the music ministry, but are not sure if you are “good” enough to be involved or if you “have the time” please feel free to speak with me and we may be able to find the perfect place for you and your gifts in the music ministry at Trinity.
Please prayerfully consider offering your voice and your abilities, so that together we can create beautiful art that is encouraging, inspiring, and worshipful.