Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! The use of music for worshiping and praising God is recorded in Scripture as far back as 2000 B.C. By 1000 B.C. there was a high degree of musical organization in the temple, where 288 singers and instrumentalists worked full time as temple musicians. Centuries later, Martin Luther wrote, “Next to theology, I accord to music the highest place and greatest honor.” And it occupies this high role today in our worship life right here at St. Peter’s as music continues its place of importance throughout history.
Music in worship exists for only one reason – as a servant of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (Acts 20:24, Ephesians 5:19; 6:19, Philippians 1:27, Colossians 3:16). With that purpose in mind, music is not viewed as a performance, but rather, as part of the Church’s proclamation.
Music, whether vocal or instrumental, will help bring the message of the day as it ministers to both the hearers and the musicians. Our music making outside of worship will likewise reflect our faith and love in Him. So whether our sanctuary resounds with the grand swelling of music (II Chronicles 5:11-14) or the sound of a flute whispers its message, our music will always serve the Gospel.
I would encourage you, as partners in the Gospel, to join the many singers and instrumentalists already involved in special service to their Lord through one or more of the organizations within the music ministry at St. Peter’s.
Together with you in Christ,
Minister of Music