Music in Worship

We are convinced that if the church would recover her ancient theology of worship, most modern debates over music style would subside.

Psalms and hymns should be liturgically appropriate–which means that they should fit into the overall pattern of worship. For this reason we regularly sing the Psalms, which were designed to be sung in the worship of the church. We also regularly sing hymns from all periods of church history as an expression of our unity with the whole body of Christ throughout all ages. For this reason, MCPC has been developing a collection of “Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs” for many years.

We value the old Genevan tunes (which have been used by the continental Reformed churches for nearly 500 years), as well as more recent compositions by Stuart Townend, Paul Jones, or Andrew Deliyannides.

We gather at 10 a.m. every Sunday morning (after Sunday school and before the morning worship service) in order to practice singing four-part harmony, using one of the psalms/hymns for that Sunday morning.

We desire to use a variety of instruments in our congregational praise — but the particular accompaniment will vary depending on the gifts of the congregation from time to time.

Catechism Quiz

  • Catechism Question #60

    How is the sabbath to be sanctified? A. The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.   Matthew 12:11, 12   He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?  Of how much more value is a man than a sheep?  So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”   Psalm 92:1, 2   It is good to […]