Monday, September 14, 2015

Legitimate Discontent over Congregational Singing

I talked with my daughter about her experience visiting a sound Evangelical church yesterday in Omaha. Both her and her friend liked the sermon and the supper, but disliked the singing for various reasons. I talked to a much older woman about her upcoming move to a new city and she was excited about the music at one of the churches she visited because they sang only to the accompaniment of a piano.

Why is there such discontent about congregational singing that crosses generational boundaries, so that both 20 somethings and 50 somethings are dissatisfied? I think the reason is simple: we do not know the liturgical function of congregational singing, and if you don't know the purpose of something it is impossible to get it right.

Biblically the purpose of congregational singing is quite simple: it is congregational prayer. But, sadly, congregational singing at this point in time does not resemble congregational prayer. Until the two are seen to be the same, legitimate, not illegitimate, discontent will continue among the faithful.

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