LCGS’s Worship Team’s main objective is to guide and facilitate the attendees of our worship services into a spirit of worship, adoration, and praise toward the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, through music. This mission is deeply rooted in the following biblical verses:
1. Psalm 100:2 – “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
2. Colossians 3:16 – “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
3. Ephesians 5:19-20 – “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
By following these verses, our praise team strives to create an atmosphere of worship and adoration where the congregation can connect with God through music and be drawn closer to Him.
Lutheran music theology is rooted in the belief that music is a gift from God and has a divine purpose. Martin Luther, the founder of the Lutheran Church, was a strong advocate for music in worship and believed that it was a powerful tool for conveying the message of the gospel. Luther wrote, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” Lutheran music theology emphasizes the following principles:
1. Music as a Means of Proclamation: Lutheran theology asserts that music is a powerful means of proclaiming the gospel. Through music, the message of salvation can be conveyed in a way that reaches the heart and soul of the listener. Lutheran music therefore aims to proclaim the message of Christ through its lyrics and melodies.
2. Music as a Response to Grace: Lutheran music also acknowledges that music is a response to the grace that God has bestowed upon us. It is an expression of our gratitude and love for God, and a way for us to respond to the grace we have received through faith in Christ.
3. Music as a Tool for Unity: Lutheran theology recognizes the unifying power of music. It is a tool for bringing people together in worship and helping them to experience a sense of community. Lutheran music is therefore intended to create a sense of unity among believers.
4. Music as a Form of Prayer: Lutheran music is seen as a form of prayer. Through music, we are able to express our deepest longings and desires to God. Lutheran hymns and chorales are therefore written as prayers, offering words of praise, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication to God.
Lutheran music theology emphasizes the importance of music in worship and as a means of proclaiming the gospel message. It recognizes that music is a powerful tool for unifying believers and expressing our love and gratitude to God.