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Music, music, music

posted Dec 22, 2015, 8:20 AM by Farar Elliott
"Speaking in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 5:19-20)

This week the Musician Search Advisory Group (Catherine Ahn, Michael Armstrong, Gene Batiste, Stacey Carson, Miranda Cooter, Mason Ingram, John McCall, and John Williams) met together with me to begin charting our course.  Seven of our eight members began our conversation about music as ministry at St. Margaret's pondering the following question:

What is Music Ministry?

We are learning what it means to say that
  • The purpose of our parish's music ministry is to help to usher the congregation into the presence of God. 
  • Through the beauty of instrumental and vocal sound, music serves to deepen the atmosphere of worship.  
  • It enables the congregation to experience the Holy moving in its midst and preparing it to receive Christ in Word and Sacrament.
Music in worship is not an end to itself or simply a gap-filler in the liturgy.  It is an integral component, woven through the liturgy, and empowering the congregation to become part of worship.

To that end, the ministry of our music program is that it facilitates the fulfillment of the overall mission of St. Margaret's Church, by building our community's spiritual capacity to "do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God."

Our music should therefore:
  • be Spirit led and spirit filled
  • enrich the total worship experience
  • reflect the diversity of the congregation in spirit and genre
  • boldly declare the Gospel message
  • edify, inspire and challenge each worshiper
  • be thought provoking and intelligent
  • foster creativity and innovation
  • expose worshipers to quality repertoire and performance
  • bridge the gap between the young and old(er)
  • equip, train and empower each congregation member to use their musical gifts
I invite you during the coming weeks to be a part of music at St. Margaret's.  Whether you are a musician, a congregational singer, or a listener, increase your awareness of the music and how you participate in it.  The ministry of music belongs to us all.