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FROM PASTOR BRIAN NIXON
Music is marvelous, a gift from God. Concerning music, Martin Luther said, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” I couldn’t agree more.
A few months ago, Pastor Skip reminded us (during a sermon) that“Christianity is a singing faith,” comparing it to the song-less worldview of atheism. Pastor Skip pointed out that Jesus sang a hymn after the Passover meal (Matthew 26:30), that the Apostle Paul encouraged Christians to speak to one another with Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19), and that the words, “singing,” “song,” and “sung” are used over 200 times in the Bible. Skip then noted that since the inception of the church, over 500,000 hymns have been written. “With singing,” Pastor Skip stated, “God is not auditioning us in the present, but conditioning us for the future.” C.S. Lewis put it this way: singing is “inner heath made audible.” The power of music, particularly the praises of the church, is a passionate response to a Perfect God.
So why is music important? Why do we make melody in our hearts and minds, taking form from the simplest tune to the grandest symphony? In his new book, “Worship In A Post-Christian Culture,” Scott Aniol gives a clue to help answer the question. Linking music, particularly worship music, to truth, Aniol paints a picture of music as a conduit of reality, a means to grasp the fullness of God’s creative acts in the world. Quoting from Calvin Johansson, Aniol writes, “We no not have truth and beauty, or truth decorated with beauty, or truth illustrated by the beautiful phrase, or truth in ‘beautiful setting.’ Truth and beauty are in the Scriptures, as indeed they must always be, an inseparable unity.”
Aniol goes on to examine music as “moral imagination,” a stunning way to think of the art form. Furthermore, Aniol discusses the role of music as cultural engagement and group identity. All insightful and helpful ways for us to understand music, providing perception into God’s great gift.
When you add the elements of music as conveying truth, “moral imagination,” and cultural engagement, the weight and importance of music takes on more girth and gravity than just fun tunes to hum in the shower (which it is that as well). Music helps lead us to mental, spiritual, and possibly, physical heath; it can point us to authenticity of the divine, as conveyed through notes, instruments, sounds, and structure.
Music truly is marvelous.
So as you serve in Battle Drums, remind yourselves of these facts: you are engaged in a ministry that that makes “inner health audible.” You are helping people sing the truth, know the truth, and proclaim the truth in creative and significant ways.
So on behalf of the pastoral staff, we thank you for your ministry. May God continue to bless it and use it as a means to declare His power, tethering us to His truth, and tantalizing us with His praise!
SEEK & SOAK
At November's "Team Night", we enjoyed a worshipful night of songs led by Ryan & Natalie, and a time of scripture reading & prayer by team members. If you're looking for fellowship, find it with your team! Don't miss out on Team Nights--They're a great time to connect with your co-volunteers in music ministry.
MEET: BLAIRE MARCELLO
YEARS SINGING: Since the 8th Grade
AUDITIONED: SPRING 2015
PANCAKES or WAFFLES? Pancakes!
- Wednesday, December 9th, 7PM: An Out-of-the-Box Christmas (Main Sanctuary)
- Friday-Saturday, December 11th-12th: Winter Star Wars Movie Marathon (Calvary Nob Hill, see Calvary's website for movie times & details...)
- Wednesday, December 16th, 7PM: Nadia Covey Christmas Concert (Main Sanctuary)
- Thursday, December 17th, 7PM: Future of Forestry Advent Tour (Calvary Nob Hill)
- Thursday, December 24th: Christmas Eve Services, 2PM Family Service, 4PM & 6PM Christmas Eve Services (Main Sanctuary)
- Sunday, January 17th: Our CHRISTMAS PARTY has been moved to next month. Save the date & plan to be there! Details to follow...