Why do we sing during church? Why do you sing (I hope you do!) during church? I can’t help but think of one of my favorite movies, Sister Act. When Whoopi Goldberg (who plays Sister Mary Clarence) takes over the choir at the convent, she tells the sisters “You are singing to the Lord.” This simple yet profound statement should catch your attention.
We come to worship on a weekly basis. There are prayers, liturgy, music, etc., but so much of what happens is dependent upon our mindset. When you walk into the sanctuary for worship, is your mind focused on praising your Maker? We see the Creator in all of creation each day, but at 10 o’clock on Sunday morning, we set aside time to be in a room with fellow Christians and “worship” together. As you sit in worship, join in singing (even songs you don’t know/don’t like), and raise our voices together, we are singing to the Lord! Is it not an absolutely awesome experience to sing to the One who made us, knows us, calls us by name??
The closing hymn on Sunday is ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. Of course, there is a story behind it. Louisa Stead penned the words to this beloved hymn after great tragedy. As she and her family were at the beach one day, they heard cries for help coming from the ocean; a young boy was drowning. Stead’s husband rushed to the water to help the drowning child, only to be pulled under himself and drowned as well. Even through this tragedy, Stead was so moved that she continued to sing to the Lord.
I invite you to join in as best you can, whether you know the song or not, whether it’s not really your favorite song, or whether you would rather just sit back and listen – lend your voice with all creation as together we all praise our Maker, Sustainer, Redeemer, Lover of our Souls. Join us for worship Sunday and sing to the Lord!
Grace and peace, Dakota