Why do we sing?
“God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes it source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.”Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, November 14, 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
So what is the mission of people who lead music within liturgy?To enable the full, conscious, and active participation of the assembly, by inspiring those assembled to sing, by performing music that connects with the congregation’s hearts, minds, and spirits thereby fostering and cultivating each member’s relationship with God. This connection is prayer, and it is where true Christianity begins.
An effective music ministry needs to spiritually connect with the people in order for them to fully participate in singing.
Different people connect with different styles of music. So to address the needs of the entire parish, we utilize many different genres of music. Distinguished by song selection and performance style, all the music attempts to draw parishioners into song through its distinctive sound.
A “prayer-first” approach to music ministry is necessary. If we are not able to know our music well enough to pray with it, we will be unable to lead the assembly to do the same. Approach every note and every chord, being disciples of Christ first while striving to give breath to the spiritual life within each song.