MUSIC IN WORSHIP
We believe that music is an integral part of worship. The Psalms are replete with commands, not suggestions or implications, but commands for us to sing! Our Ministers carefully design the order of worship each Sunday to include hymns and Psalms which relate to the scripture readings and sermon for that service. These hymns and Psalms are opportunities for us to actively participate in worship, offering full-throated praise to God! Since these hymns and Psalms are essentially prayers, they are concluded with an “Amen”.
Instrumental music also plays an important part in our services. The Prelude is a time for us to prepare our hearts and minds for worship. The offertory is a musical offering played during the collection of God’s tithes and offerings, giving us another opportunity to meditate and pray. The Postlude is a celebration of the risen Christ, a joyful closing to the worship service, as we exit God’s Sanctuary, and re-enter the world in which we live.
Each Sunday, our choir sings an anthem during the morning worship. The choir is located in the rear balcony of our Sanctuary. The words of the anthem are printed in the bulletin. The congregation is thereby focused on the text of the anthem, rather than on the performers. We strive for excellence both in the selection of anthems, as well as the presentation on Sunday morning. And yes, the choir is performing, and their audience is their God, creator of all that is!
MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH
Since music is vital to our worship, it is incumbent upon us to train our children in the art of music and singing. Paul Jones, in his book Singing and Making Music, notes, “The church actually used to be the center of musical education, but this responsibility was handed over to the state decades ago.
Sadly, more and more we are witnessing the removal of music from the core of American education. Where does this leave the church now that most public education has made music an extracurricular subject? If the church does not teach the children of God to sing, who will?” With this in mind, Midway Presbyterian Church offers a graded children’s choir program. The overall goal of the program is to produce music readers, knowledgeable in the art of singing, with a sound understanding of the role of music and musicians in worship. We do hope to equip the children of Midway with the skill to sing with confidence the hymns and Psalms used in our worship services.
|Children's Choir Program||Rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:20|
|Adult Choir||Rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:30|
|Midway Ringers||Rehearsals TBD|
I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God. The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them. … In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.
Judy Dodd, Music Director
Arie Motschman, Organist