As a pastor of some aging, I can honestly say that I find the music of the Church more uplifting than my own preaching. Don't get me wrong, I believe preaching of the Word is an important task. However, I find the music, along with the lyrical stories therein, touches a place in my spiritual self that listening to spoken words does not find.
As I prepare a worship layout for the first Congregational Hymn Sing of 2017, Sunday January 29th, I find the words of Ephesians 5:18-20 guiding me. The passage speaks of getting high on the Spirit of God rather than wine. (NIV), "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Giving thanks to God, making music from the heart, and sharing it with like-minded people in the congregation goes a long way to patching up the mistakes in my preaching (which is NOT happening during a 5th Sunday Hymn Sing).
Come and join us. Choir experience unnecessary. Get high in church without it being a sin.
Peace through Grace.