Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God” Colossians 3:16
John Wesley believed that the Book of Psalms was one of the “choicest parts of the Old Testament, wherein there is so much of Christ and his gospel, as well as of God and his law, that it has been called the summary of both Testaments.”* It’s hard to argue with Wesley (well, both in this assessment and in general!) Indeed, the Psalms speak to many situations and eliciting a wide range of human responses such as joy, sorrow, hope and impatience.
When any church gathers, regardless of size, there’s bound to be people bringing the same variety of emotions to worship. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the reading and singing of psalms have been central to corporate worship across denominations and centuries.
Starting this Sunday, we’ll be taking the Apostle Paul’s advice above: we as a congregation will pray one of these psalms for the call to worship at least once a month at the traditional worship services. It is our prayer that no matter where you are on life’s journey, no matter what joy or sorrow you may bring to worship with you, that we will all be united by the timeless words of these great psalms.
*from John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible