Excellence and a Broken Voice

Psalm 33:3
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

Psalm 33:3 is a verse referenced often by us folks who make a living doing music in the church.

Why?

Job security.

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We’re all singing together

We're all singing together

“It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the church, may share in its song.”

Those words are from one of my favorite writers/thinkers/theologians/question-asker Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

As someone who gets up and leads others in song I feel it is important to get out of the way of the people. We (those up in front) need to see ourselves as part of the congregation rather than as “worship leaders.”

And in doing so we should join in with all people of God singing, not those playing instruments and holding mics, not just those in our congregation, in our town – but rather we join in songs of adoration, longing, wonder, and praise with all who call themselves children of God.