Worship Through Music
Music plays a very important part in the lives of many people, whether it is singing at a football match, attending a rock or classical orchestral concert, playing baby Mozart to young children, or relaxing to something gentle and soothing. Rapidly changing technology that introduced us to walkmans and I-pods shows that we want not just to dance to music but to live with music.
Music has been integral to the worship life of the Church, ever since its foundation on the day of Pentecost. Of course the styles of music have changed through the course of history - from the intoning of the Scriptures in the Jewish tradition, to the plainsong of the monastery, the fiddlers in the music gallery, the choral tradition, the rich tones of the organ and the 21st century music group. Christian music also varies from culture to culture and is enriched by the use of local rhythms, harmonies and instruments. Its use in worship draws out the heart to respond to God through the words and through the music to which they are set. Different kinds of music will appeal to different people In St Agatha’s we are greatly indebted to our small choir and Junior choir who practise hard and lead us in our services. We are always looking for new people to come and join us. We would also like to develop, alongside our choir, a musical tradition of a different kind for younger people in the village or for those whose spirits would respond to a different musical approach. So we are looking to form a music group that could play for our All Age service on the second Sunday of the month, and perhaps become part of a different form of worship once a month in the evening, possibly but not necessarily, on Sunday. Sound interesting?
Here at St Agatha’s we would like to be able to respond to the different worship needs of the local community. If you share that desire, then please consider whether you could contribute to turning desire into reality. If you play a musical instrument, enjoy modern worship songs and music and are interested in helping us to broaden and develop our worship life, please feel free to get in touch with Jill Chatfield, the vicar, to discuss how you might be able to contribute.
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