The Holy Scripture speaks often about singing and music making. In fact, when the first farmers and craftsmen are listed in Genesis 4 (Tubal-Cain and Jabal), their brother Jubal is listed alongside them as "the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes." This means in the Biblical imagination, music is foundational to human flourishing, it's one of the building blocks of culture. Music and singing play a role throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, seen most prominently in the Psalms, but we also have songs by Moses, Hannah, and Isaiah.
In the New Testament, key figures like Mary, the mother of Jesus, writes a song, and Jesus is said to be singing praise with His disciples in Matthew 26:30. Beyond this, Saint Paul admonishes the early Christians in Colossians 3:16 to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God," and in Ephesians 5:18-19, "And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart." If that's not enough, when the book of Revelation describes heaven, it is filled with images of singing. When we sing on Sunday's we join with all the saints and angels of all time, worshiping the One truly deserving worship, Jesus Christ.
We sing songs every week because music and melody have a unique way of allowing us to bring our whole selves before God and one another. To sing a truth is to do more than assent to it with our mind, it requires our embodied self. Music uniquely connects our body, our mind, our emotions, and our spirit is powerful ways. This is why Saint Augustine famously says that "to sing is to pray twice," and Martin Luther declares that "next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise" and "as long as we live there is never enough singing." If you want to join the choir, simply show up to church! The best place you can sing harmony is from your seat. We don't believe in distinctions between performers and audience - we're all participants in the Liturgy, which means the work of the people after all. However, if you have desire, experience, and gifting, feel free the click the link below and if there's availability we'll reach out.