March 29

On Wednesday, March 29, I will speak to the parish about music in worship.

Psalm 9:11 states: “Proclaim his mighty acts among all people”; and Paul, in Colossians 3:16 said: “Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

John Wesley was also direct, admonishing his flock to:

  • sing lustily and with good courage
  • beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep
  • above all sing spiritually
  • let your singing be such as the Lord will approve here;

and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

Good music helps to articulate our faith and it also teaches theology.  The

mood of the song might be jubilation or sorrow, gratitude or supplication, but

music celebrates faith in the God who acts.

We will discover:

  • the origins of hymns: why were they written?
  • the focus of hymns: to whom are they addressed?
  • how many Christian hymns are there?
  • why don’t we sing the psalm?
  • the history of congregational song, abridged!


April 30

     On Sunday, April 30, we will focus our attention on hymns, spiritual songs and

psalms in our worship.  In the near future we will include in the bulletin, a page

requesting that you print the mane or title of the hymn and indicate the hymn

number given in our blue “The United Methodist Hymnal” of your three most

favorite hymns.  It will be my duty to pare down the list to six hymns that we will

indicate are this congregations favorite hymns. These hymns will be included in

our service of worship that Sunday and other hymns will be included in future




Ray Ackerman


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