The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/18/1998):

Spiritual Value of Music
This summer, the WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK will be taken from the many and
varied writings of C. S. Lewis, 1898-1963. This is the year we celebrate the
centenary of his birth. Today's quote is another on issues of style as they
relate to the music used in worship.

The first and most solid conclusion which (for me) emerges is that both
musical parties, the High Brows and the Low, assume far too easily the
spiritual value of the music they want. Neither the greatest excellence of a
trained performance from the choir, nor the heartiest and most enthusiastic
bellowing from the pews, must be taken to signify that any specifically
religious activity is going on. It may be so, or it may not.

C. S. Lewis, in "On Church Music," from CHRISTIAN REFLECTIONS, Eerdmans, 1967.

[Lewis, a non-singer, is obviously pushing the point that true worship is from
the heart. See the first chapter of Isaiah to see what God thinks of religious
observance without appropriate heart attitude. Next week will be the last in
our summer series of C. S. Lewis WORSHIP QUOTES.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina