Why Do We Sing In Church? | Why Do We Do That Pt. 1 (August 27, 2017)
The most holy ritual done week-after-week can become a mindless routine, and it’s easy to forget why we do what we do in worship. The singing, praying, and listening to sermons – what does all that mean? If a non-Christian were to walk into our service and ask us why we do one of these rituals, could we answer them? Pastor James Lee of Conklin United Methodist Church begins the message series “Why Do We Do That?” in this sermon given on August 27, 2017. During this series, we will revisit why we do “this or that,” to deepen our experience of the full worship service.
Why is singing hymns and songs of praise so important in a worship service? What is held in the power of music that provides an experience that otherwise can’t be experienced in worship?
Psalm 96:1-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Colossians 3:15-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[a] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[b] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.