Making a Joyful Noise!
By Greg Anderson, St. Philip’s Music Team | December 10, 2019
“What amazing music; thank you for sharing with us,” said the enthusiastic lady after church one Sunday morning. I’d just stood up from the piano, having finished the last tune for that Sunday morning. The parishioner fairly beamed, touched by the recessional tune and its message. She’d clearly been blessed this day. This happens a fair bit, congregants sharing the ways in which they’ve been blessed by the music we offered, and we’re humbled with the privilege of helping to make it happen. Occasionally, I stop with a deeper consideration of exchanges of this type. What happens when we make music at St. Philip’s, and how are people being touched by it?
Make a joyful noise, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness and come before his presence with singing.
Psalms 100. I’m paraphrasing but that’s how I remember it, learned in 3rd grade as it was read aloud by a classmate before a school program. It was the first time I thought of music as a gift to God despite the fact that I’d heard music in church all my life. The singing is a gift!
St. Augustine of Hippo is credited with saying, he who sings prays twice. Not only are we thanking and petitioning and praising the Lord, but we’re doing it through music. The sound vibrations He created are being used by us, put with words inspired by Him, with our voices He created, accompanied by instruments He gave us the talent to learn, by people coming together to offer praise and Thanksgiving. What an amazing confluence of ability and material, thanking our Maker for His goodness and love, loving Him back with these musical gifts.
While anticipating the birth of Jesus, we’re blessed with the humble privilege of preparing beautiful music composed, inspired, authorized by Him who designed and created it, to be presented by classically trained musicians and children’s choruses alike. Whether during Saturday and Sunday services, at our annual Advent Lessons and Carols event, or at one of our five Christmas Eve services, we in the music ministry are planning music fit for The King! Our hope and prayer are that you’ll join us as we lift a voice to the One who inspired it all.