Archive for the ‘Congregational Participation’ Category

For a few months, this blog has been making one sustained argument: that the most important thing music should do in church is get people to sing.  I am trying to paint a picture of corporate worship in which the people in the pews are co-creators of a beautiful sound together with the music leaders, […]

Imagine a skeptic visits your church.  She is not sure what she thinks about God, Christianity, or organized religion in general, but she came because her friend  invited her.  She walks in late and the first thing she encounters is the music at your church.  As she absorbs the scene–the musicians up front leading, the […]

In my last post, I argued that making music is a great experience that God intends for everyone, not just musicians.  And it’s the musicians’ job at church to lead music in such a way that it invites people into the experience of music making.  To underscore this point, I want borrow a sentiment from […]

If you’ve read any of my recent posts, you know I’m making a perhaps overly exhaustive argument for the importance of corporate singing.  I believe with all my heart that God intended human beings to sing and make music together, and I have been outlining all the reasons why I think so. Today, I want […]

In my last post, I argued that music is inherently “relational,” for lack of a better term.  The actual physics of music are such that music asks us to collaborate, to blend our many voices into one voice.  But why did God make music this way? Today, I will suggest that God made music relational […]

We experience corporate singing as significant because it creates a chemical in our brains that gives us a feeling of connection with the people with whom we sing.

The purpose of music in corporate worship is to facilitate corporate singing.