Worshiping God with words alone just doesn’t seem to be enough. Even the Bible tells us in Psalm 98:4, “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.”
Our choral music and worship hymns are chosen with guidance from the Lectionary, a plan for weekly Bible readings in public worship used in Protestant, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches throughout the world. When we pray with and study the Bible using the Lectionary, we are praying and studying with millions of others.
This quote found in the UCC’s “Dear Theo,” written anonymously by four UCC pastors of different ages and backgrounds says it all:
They say that when we sing, we pray twice—and certainly, music for many of us, is the moment in church when the space between us and the Holy Spirit seems to close up to nothing and we can really feel God instead of just thinking God.