Scripture Psalm 113
Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Quoting our Book of Order, Directory of Worship, as it states:
Singing engages the whole person, and helps to unite the body of Christ in common worship. The congregation itself is the church’s primary choir; the purpose of rehearsed choirs and other musicians is to lead and support the congregation in the singing of prayer. Special songs, anthems, and instrumental music may also serve to interpret the Word and enhance the congregation’s prayer.
Thus as we are offering our gifts, monetarily and symbolically, we also offer music. The special music in worship can also be organ or piano; we’ve even had the Praise Band, Chancel choir, and the bell choirs as well as Jazzbyterians be leading in this time of glorifying and praising God. We are grateful for God’s gift of grace is Christ Jesus and reflect on that gift through being fully present in the offertory music.
Gracious Lord, as we engage our whole hearts in worship, may the gift of music truly allow us to respond with grateful praise. As we share our gifts in music through instruments or our own voices, we know the ultimate glory is you and your Son. May we continually seek through worship to glorify and enjoy You forever, Amen.