Music is an essential part of any worship service; it is best addressed in the contest of worship.
I come to church to worship in community, to open my mind, body, and spirit to God, to open my heart to love. Each part of the service does this for me; each is necessary for the service to be whole. I want to leave church feeling connected to God, loving my enemies, rejoicing in my friends and family, feeling gratitude, wanting to go out to God’s work, trying to follow Christ….
All of the components of church music are important --prelude, postlude, choir, covenant, other performances, and hymns. It is music that binds together all the elements of the service—welcome, prayer of invocation, children’s moment, scripture, message, joys and concerns, events of the church, prayers….