There is a drum kit, mic stands, a Roland Digital Piano-Keyboard and a couple guitar stands lurking in the background, behind your pastor/priest/celebrant, these days.
There are new faces on the altar/stage/platform at your local place of Worship. They could be your neighbors or butcher or banker. One could even be the Youth Pastor, putting his bass guitar prowess for the congregation to see and hear.
They call themselves the worship team. It is their job to:
- Provide a spiritual ambiance
- Lead us into worship
- Help us sing praises to God
- Tie the music into the message
- Play us out into the rest of our week
Without disrespecting The Cross or the sanctity of the altar, Contemporary Christian Music has become an important component to our Sunday Service -be it 9:30 – 10:00 – 11:00, Saturday nite or Sunday morning.
Pick-a-pew, grab a chair, just paling sit yourself down and rock like “there is always a tomorrow”, for Believers in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise & Worship is after all, pleasing to God, whether you have the words scrolled on video screens or not. Chances are that they are the same songs you are singing to on the car radio.
The driving force and the provider of that worldwide radio signal is K-Love. Anywhere you drive, somewhere on your radio dial you will run into a K-Love radio station.
K-Love (stylized K-LOVE) is a contemporary Christian music radio programming service in the United States operated by the Educational Media Foundation (EMF). As of March 2013, the network’s programming is simulcast on over 440 FM stations and translators in 47 states. K-Love has about 12 million listeners each week in cities including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Nashville, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, and Seattle. It is also the sixth-most online-streamed station in the world. (Wikipedia)
Now that’s a whole lot of people. And it is listener supported to boot! That means it is funded by the very folks who are listening. But unlike Sirius Satellite Radio, anyone can listen for free if they choose. This is an great example of spreading the Word.
But the subject of this article is not listening to FM radio; the worship music being played in our churches is.
In the one room churches of the 19th Century, hymns, a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of adoration or prayer (We won’t go so far back as the Psalms of David; they are easy Biblical reading, but the melodies escapes us).
It is not like hymns aren’t sung anymore – of coarse they are. However, we at Vulgate Media subscribe to the mantra of “telling the Truth in a New Way”. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” by Martin Luther does not qualify for the purposes here. But who doesn’t sing “How Great Thou Art” with all their heart once in a while?
In the coming weeks I will explore the men and women who write contemporary Christian music, like Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Francesca Battistelli, and others. I will also show why they are great for spreading the truth and a benefit to the Church.
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