Martin Luther once said, “Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world!” Indeed, music is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Music often touches the heart in a way the spoken word does not.
We love the historic hymns of our faith and never tire of their great theology and music. However, we also appreciate modern hymn writers and composers. In recent years our congregation has come to love, “Before the Throne of God Above,” “The Power of the Cross,” "We Will Feast in the House of Zion," and “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” as examples.
God gives valuable gifts to His people and we are wise to utilize those gifts in our services. We cannot count the times our services have been enriched by a brass quintet or a string quartet or by both groups. Sometimes the flute offers a tender accompaniment to a sweet hymn like “Fairest Lord Jesus.” The psalmist instructs us (Ps. 150) to make use of all the instruments so there are occasions where we will have a full orchestra accompany our choir.
Speaking of the choir, we realize that many churches are utilizing bands and/or soloists and moving away from choirs. We simply believe that the choir is a beautiful picture of the work of Christ in the body of Christ. Just as we are all diverse yet necessary for a healthy body, so the blending of diverse voices into a beautiful melody and harmony not only is a musical blessing but illustrates the beauty of salvation in a very profound way. Aside from our minister of music and organist our choir members are volunteers, each giving of their time to practice and offer their musical gifts to God for the edification of the body of Christ.