If you’re new to the community, you will have noticed that we do a lot of singing, and we work on singing regularly. This is because we believe what the Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people. We are commanded to sing Psalms in particular throughout Scripture, and singing is associated with being filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why we have scheduled Psalm sings regularly, beer and Psalms frequently on Wednesdays for men, and chances are pretty good that if a few kirker families get together at some other event, singing might break out.
So the exhortation is simply to keep it up, and if you’re new around here, please join in. We give out copies of the Cantus Christi psalter to new members, but you can pick up more copies at Canon Press as needed. There is also a growing music library on the Christ Church website. I want to also make you aware of an app called “Sing Your Part” which has most of the Cantus on it and you can click on songs and the app will play it back to you. We are also excited to have Gabe Gollehon taking a more full time role at King’s Cross this next year and helping us start a choir that will sing regularly.
But I also want to encourage you to do one more thing: sing in your homes as families. If you’ve never done this, start with something simple. Sing the Doxology or the Lord’s Prayer. Pull out the Cantus and pick out an old favorite. Or take song sheets home after church and collect the ones you really like.
This is Pentecost Sunday, the 50th day after Easter, the day we celebrate the pouring out of the Spirit. Scripture says that one of the ways we are filled with the Spirit is through singing Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. We believe that God is in the process of doing something spectacular here in our midst, and we believe that a big part of what He is doing is related to restoring robust Psalm singing in our midst. The Psalms are the war songs of the Church. The Psalms are the steak and potatoes for men and women, boys and girls committed to fighting the world, the flesh, and the devil. Do you want joy in your home? Sing Psalms around your dinner table. Do you want to drive away temptation, bad attitudes, hard hearts, and just plain taunt the Devil? Sing Psalms in your car. Do you want God to grant Reformation to our land and silence the proud and the foolish? Sing Psalms every chance you get.
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Paul Lutman says
Just looked for the app…it’s only available for Apple. I have an Android… Bummer.
Many thanks from Florida for all that y’all are doing up there!