Music has been used as a vehicle to connect human beings with God throughout the ages. Because the Mt. Wesley Akin Nazarene congregation is comprised of people from a diverse range of age groups (infant to near-centurion), our music and singing are of both the traditional and contemporary variety.
On a given Sunday morning, you are as likely to hear us loudly proclaiming The Newsboys’ “He Reigns” as you are to hear us cherishing the “Old Rugged Cross.” On some occasions a single song is symbolic of our diversity, such as when we sing Chris Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” If the song we sing isn’t in one of our hymnals, we project the lyrics onto a screen so everyone can sing along.
All our worship through music features accompaniment by talented members of the church and of the Lion’s Den Youth Group. Although we sing to praise and not to perform, we encourage our congregation to lift up their voices, clap their hands, or otherwise join in the celebration of God’s love.
The Call to Praise God With Music
A number of Bible passages encourage worshipers to praise God with song, including Psalm 150:1-6 below. You aren’t required to sing well at Mt. Wesley Akin Nazarene, just loud.
1 Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the
Praise the Lord.
(Psalm 150:1-6, New International Version)