Sunday Worship Gathering 11 AM @ North Community Lutheran Church
114 Morse Road Columbus, OH 43214 (Map)
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but every Sunday you and I sing together. You might be the person who sings a little, but feels a little awkward about singing because you don’t have a great singing voice, or maybe you just don’t really like to sing. Or, you might be the person who really enjoys that portion of the service because you enjoy singing and using that time for worship.
But have you thought about the fact that when we sing together we are engaging in a sacred form of art that points people to the glory of Jesus?
When Jesus was born, there was a multitude of angels singing to announce his birth:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13-24
And some day in the future we’ll all join with the angels and sing praises to Jesus in heaven:
And when [the Lamb] had taken [the seal], the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp… And they sang a new song, saying: “
You are worthy…because you were slain,â€¨and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”…
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” Revelation 5:8-14
This means that corporate singing is an art form that was created by God to announce his glory and the glory of his Son, and he invites us to be a part of that proclamation!
So, why should we sing together?
As if all of that wasn’t enough, corporate singing can also have a peace-making effect on society, and as designated peacemakers on this conflict-ridden planet we need all the tools we can get.
We promote this peacemaking tool by engaging in it every Sunday.
People who engage with art do so with all their heart. They put forth effort and employ feeling to create something meaningful that prompts a response. My hope is that we will see our corporate worship as a form of art that proclaims the gospel and that we will engage in it with our hearts to the glory of God.
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but only his mother in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
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