We enter into the event of worship, participating in praise, not just with our minds, not just with our breath, but with our whole beings. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, music provides one of the avenues through which we may respond in faith and allow Christ to be our way, our truth, our life.
When we participate in worship in wholeness we move from observation to participation. Church music is not part of a concert; the sermon is not an exercise in elocution; the Lord’s Supper is not a snack served by people paid with money received earlier during the service. Worship is classified not in the category of entertainment, but conversation. No empty palaver, it is a conversation with accountability attached. We hear the Word of God proclaimed and respond with praise and thanksgiving and show forth Christ’s death until he comes again. (1 Corinthians 11:26)
26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
Kathryn L. Nichols, “Music and Musician in the Service of the Church, ” in The Completed Library of Christian Worship, Vol 4 ed. Robert E. Webber (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1994), 96