The value of music in worship
The worship experience can be wide and varied as there there are so many denominations. All over the world people of similar beliefs gather together in expressions of reverence in different forms. The spoken word, the contemplation, the silence, the prayers, reading of the scriptures are included in the program and music has a major role in worship.
Music is included as :
- performances by vocalists
- choral renditions
- instrumental interludes
- congregational hymns or songs
Music serves to express the moods and might even be more powerful than the spoken word in that, the use of melodies in repetition reminds us of lessons of truth and reinforces them.
The value of worship songs outside of worship
As congregants will tell you, they can name songs that hold special meaning for them and tend to linger with them even long after the worship service. They are special because they still carry a worthwhile message that continues to inspire them every time they sing or even just remember a few of the words.
Enjoy them even more
Most people have a worship experience with others once per week. They will, not only hear songs during the worship experience, but also find ways to remember them for the rest of the week. In the shower, along the trail, in the park, the songs keep coming back. They can sing or hum them in their daily meditation, and sing them for their own enjoyment in their free time.
Value of being able to play them
These are not just songs of stories. These are songs that describe the truths they learn and continue to learn. These are songs about truth, loving your neighbour, the power of God, faith and assurance that keep you calm and balanced. There is much value in learning to play them.
How to play them
Some worship songs are written as hymns. These would need to be played by persons who can read music notes and are good at sight reading. They would also have to be able to play in keys they can manage, and at a pitch they can sing along. Modern worship offers many songs that do not require sight reading, but a knowledge of chords that accompany the songs. In each bar you would only need to play one or two chords and this, of course is much easier for the non- professional. A chord at the beginning of the bar and another after about two beats would suffice. The words can be written out and the chords placed above the words exactly where they should occur. There are many websites that provide this format.
But there are so many songs !
You can start by studying the chords and progressions invovled in two songs that you like and master those two. Play, sing and enjoy your songs and choruses. In a year you would have learned a minimum of 8 songs. Can you imagine how many you could learn over 3 years?
In those moments
Think of all the value your muscial skills would add to your daily meditation, if you could play some of these worship songs that mean so much to you. Playing piano would not only be an exercise in practicing piano, but also another worship experience.
Are you ready to start playing piano for inspiration?