The church where I attend had a singing on New Year’s Eve. What a great experience and a beneficial way to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new. Churches of Christ engage in congregational, a cappella singing, and there are many benefits to this type of church music.
- There is full participation. Everyone gets to sing, even if you’re not a professional singer (and believe me, I fit into the completely non-talented musically category). As a congregation, we are talking to one another, and encouraging one another in song (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). A regular practice of singing builds unity and cohesion in a group.
- There is a focus on the words. I’m always impressed with the theology and fundamental thoughts that are expressed in gospel songs. These songs remind us of what is truly important about the Christian faith, and thus life in general. One line jumped out at me as sang. It comes from the song, O Thou Fount of Every Blessing, and it states, “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.”
- Gospel songs are inspirational and encouraging. The beauty of the music along with the importance of the words stir the heart. Songs have a way of touching your emotions and building resolve deep down in your gut. I usually respond to songs of God and the Christian life with the thought, “This is the life that I truly want to live!”
- It just sounds good. Congregational singing is beautiful and enjoyable.
Combine the benefits of gospel singing with a time that is ripe for reflection and introspection. It was a great evening. I’m even more excited to grow closer to God in the coming year.