The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/21/1998):

Music in Worship
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from a new book, THE DIALOGUE OF WORSHIP:
CREATING SPACE FOR REVELATION AND RESPONSE. The authors develop the metaphor
of "dialogue" as they explore the dynamics of biblical worship in the
Christian church. This week, a note about the contribution music makes (or
doesn't make) to the dialogue of worship.

"The primary functions of music in worship are to facilitate the dialogue and
to contribute to that dialogue. Though aesthetic delight, personal enjoyment,
and opportunity for a performer to share a talent may be by-products of the
use of music in worship, none of these should be a primary purpose. Unless
music can make a meaningful contribution to the dialogue of worship, it should
be omitted. It would be better for music to be absent than for it to be an
interruption or distraction."

-- Gary A. Furr and Milburn Price in THE DIALOGUE OF WORSHIP: CREATING SPACE

[I highly recommend this book to pastors, church musicians and anyone who
plans, leads, or participates in worship in a local church. I imagine that
many bookstores will not yet carry the book, but you can contact the publisher
at 1-800-747-3016.]

Have a great week,
Chip Stam