(Bad pun alert…) The Music Ministry is instrumental in seeing to the praise and worship needs of the congregation. Music has always been, and will always be, a central component of a worshipful service. The Good Book is filled with indications of the countless times the people have lifted their voices in praise of their God. (See below).
The members of the Santa Clara First Presbyterian Church praise and worship team always manage to lift our spirits and bring us closer to God through their song selections, the raising of their voices, and the playing of their instruments. Hallelujah!
The Reformed Church in America puts it this way.
The people of God sing. After escaping from the Egyptians and crossing the Red Sea, the people of Israel sang a song to the Lord (Exod. 15). Singing was part of Israel’s formal worship in both tabernacle and temple (1 Chron. 6:31-32, 16:42). The Psalms bear rich testimony that in joy and sorrow, in praise and lament, the faithful raise their voices in song to God. Hymn singing was practiced by Jesus and his disciples (Matt. 26:30). The Apostle Paul instructed the Colossians, “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. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3: 16-17).
Others state it more simply.
Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.
I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise.
The aim and final reason of all music is none else but the glory of God and the refreshment of the spirit.
Johann Sebastian Bach