Sometimes you just feel like singing: perhaps you’re in love, perhaps your team just won, perhaps you lost everything. Most of life goes on without musical accompaniment but there are moments: in the shower, at the stadium, by the graveside, that we sing. What we sing is an insight into our soul. Why we sing is an insight into our story. The scripture is full of song, even apart from the book of psalms. There are dirges, anthems, love-songs, praises, and laments that give voice to the deepest emotions. Over the rest of the year, we will look at 18 songs of scripture in our evening worship services. As we read, listen, and occasionally sing, the songs of scripture will retell the redemptive historical story in a new way, full of heart, poetry, and fervor. In order to distill what the scripture teaches about song, this series will cover exclusively those texts of scripture that explicitly mention song, singing, or lament. Therefore, canticles that the church has long regarded as song won’t be covered in this study: the prayer of Hannah, the prayer of Mary, the nunc dimittis, the Gloria. Because we already include the book of Psalms as part of our regular evening worship at New Covenant we will skip over doing an in depth study of those for the sake of this series. Instead, we will focus on those moments woven into the biblical narrative where God’s people broke out into song. Even though we don’t have the original score, the lyrics themselves with their heightened tension and descriptive imagery will take us further into the depth of the drama of the biblical musical as we allow ourselves to step onto the stage of God’s world in a new way.
~ Pastor Nicholas Hathaway
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