Sacred Music

 
Philosophy​

The purpose of Liturgical Music is:

To Glorify God and Sanctify the Faithful

.....we acknowledge who God is and God brings humans into union with himself.

Fostering Festivity in Liturgical Celebration

.....music enhances the expression of celebration and the festal nature of the liturgy.

Enhancing the Proclamation of the Word

.....music of the liturgy, be it hymns or anthems, should carefully correspond with the lections of the day.

Strengthening Bonds of Community

.....the congregation sings or actively listens together 

Promoting Participation

.....liturgical music fosters active participation

Fostering Cultural and Artistic Goods

.....music that can be considered accomplishments, master pieces, of western culture.  A healthy interaction between liturgy and human culture.

Music is a dynamic, transforming force that edifies and enhances our worship week after week. Music is nourishment for our spiritual lives.  Through music, God’s word to us in worship is amplified, our fellowship is enlivened, and our learning is underscored.



 
Characteristics of a Servant Leader
Humble

Pastoral Leader

Self-Knowledge of your real strengths and weaknesses

Self-Confidence - True sense of one's skills and value as a human being and child of God

Self-Discipline

Person of Integrity

Creative

Accountable 

Visionary

Sense of Humor

Life -Time Learner

Committed and Consistent

Sensitivity to Language 

Respectful of Others

Create a Positive, Fear-Free Environment

Show Appreciation 

Show Compassion

Share Control

Exude Enthusiasm

Expect the Best of Others

Take Risks

Communicate Effectively

Honor the Congregation and Their History

Pray

Qualities and Skills of Effective Musicians
 
Have a relationship with Jesus Christ

Commit to daily prayer and worship

Have a philosophy of music

Appreciate How God Speaks to Us through music

Know that the congregation is the church's most important choir

Embrace music as sacred

Educate the congregation

Mentor 

Know the congregation to which you serve

Help church recognize its program needs

Self-Discipline

Organize

Connect with all church's musicians

Value talent of others

Exercise diplomacy

Use humor 

Expand Competency

Acquire familiarity with a theological language

Know the liturgical year

Demonstrate sensitivity to the way music fits into the service

Be creative

Build Community in your ensembles

Be mindful of demands on colleagues

We won't and can't please everyone

Be Professional 

Avoid Being Discouraged

Acknowledge that we won't and can't please everyone

© 2020 by Jason A. Wright