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When I was asked if I would write for the ‘View from the Pew’ my immediate reaction was, “No way, I wouldn’t know what to say”. However this started a thought process of what is it that I love about church?
Well, I love the people – they are the church. I love the children and their enthusiasm, despite some of them being mine running up and down the aisle at times. I love hearing the Bible readings from different people and I love the teaching that our ministers give us.
But I have to say one thing that I find inspiring is the coming together and singing praise to our Lord as a group of believers. Where else do you get regular communal singing? OK, maybe at a football match, but that’s the same ‘chant’ over and over again! Maybe if you’re in a choir, but not many of us are in choirs.
I know a lot of thought goes into choosing the songs and hymns for each service. Songs with biblical truths, with thanksgiving and with praise to God. Just reading the words of many of our songs are a prayer in themselves. I love the fact that we all sing together. It’s not a production or a show from the music teams, but a guiding and directing. Thank you to all those that put in the effort to provide music for us.
Songs help us remember. I remember many of the songs I learnt at Sunday School as a child, and they often pop into my head or I start singing almost as a prayer. Many of the kids’ songs that are Bible verses, are the only memory verses I can recall. Now I’m hearing my children hum and sing the songs they have learnt that I’m sure will stay with them for a lifetime.
I know some of you might be saying ‘Yeah that’s great but I can’t sing’. Well, let me tell you a little secret, neither can I! I was singled out and removed from my primary school choir in front of the whole school. For about 30+yrs I only mouthed the words of songs. And I still do sometimes if the song is a little high. However that doesn’t stop me now as I have a freedom to sing because I’m singing to our great God.
In Psalm 95:1-2 is says “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!”
So take a moment to soak in the words of what you are singing. Listen to all the people around, singing together. Project your voice to God as you sing with praise and thanksgiving, because God hears it as a joyful ‘noise’.