Why Are We Here?
Music is a meaningful part of the worship of God, but the worship of God involves so much more than music! Listen to this sermon preached by Pastor Christopher from John 4 on "The Witness of Worship."Why Are You Here? [The Witness of Worship]
"...addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ."
Ephesians 5:19–21 (ESV)
Music is an important part of the Church's worship of God and Christian living. Whenever Southside gathers for worship, we sing songs that address one another and are sung "to the Lord."
Songs and hymns are selected for congregational singing, spiritual content, and to support the ministry of the proclaimed Word. Selections are based on a scriptural focus to promote a common theme and confession for that gathering, as well as the following week of Christian living. In this way, the music is intended to be an extension of the sermon.
Attempts are made to balance familiarity and sing-ability with care to introduce current songs and hymns being written for the Church today. (We must have a concern to pass on the living faith to the next generation through every means available, including song.) Music is a powerful way of learning, communicating and recalling doctrine. For this reason, the scriptural context of each song takes precedence.
Southside uses instrumental music, congregational singing and ministry of music selections to teach, confess, pray and praise together with music. Our current music ministry is led primarily by volunteer lay-leaders. All who have gifts of music to offer in service of the Lord and for the edification of His Church are encouraged to serve!
Pastor Christopher Recommends...
"One of the most comprehensive and influential resources for understanding biblical worship has been for me, this work by Allen P. Ross entitled "Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation." I consult this book with almost every sermon and continue to be challenged by it. This will enrich your view of biblical worship."Add this Resource to Your Library!