Norwich Seventh-day Adventist Church

May 2009

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May 2009
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 TOPIC: The Purpose of Music 

     "Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift up the thoughts to that which is pure, noble, and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted! How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God! A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world lovers in pleasure gatherings where God has forbidden His children to go. Thus that which is a great blessing when rightly used, becomes one of the most successful agencies by which Satan allures the mind from duty and from the contemplation of eternal things. 
     Music forms a part of God's worship in the courts above, and we should endeavor, in our songs of praise, to approach as nearly as possible to the harmony of the heavenly choirs. The proper training of the voice is an important feature in education and should not be neglected. Singing as a part of religious service, is as much an act of worship as is prayer. The heart must feel the spirit of the song to give it right expression." 

Patriarchs and Prophets (Ellen G. White), p. 594 

During the worship service, the singing should be sung with prayer and reverence before the mighty angels who love to sing praises unto Him who made the heavens and the earth. The song leader should not sing for show, but to sing as a humble servant of Christ. The tone of the voice and music should be sweet and appealing that everyone can sing. Music has a purpose in the worship service, for it paves the way for the minister/speaker to preach the Word in spirit and in truth, especially when the special music selection goes along with the sermon. 

Bill Reinwald 
Music Ministry