Monday, August 20, 2012

Music at the Mission

Yesterday morning I led the singing at Mission of Hope.  Since this was my first time doing so, I chose songs with which I was familiar and doctrinally solid.  In addition I decided to try for a mix of old and new.  The six songs for the meeting were:
  • ●  Crown Him with Many Crowns  (Matthew Bridges; George J. Elvey)
  • ●  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise  (Walter C. Smith; John Roberts)
  • ●  Holy Lord  (Steve Bell)
  • ●  Agnus Dei  (Michael W. Smith)
  • ●  How Great Is Our God  (Chris Tomlin)
  • ●  'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus  (Louisa M. R. Stead; William J. Kirkpatrick)
Granted, the last song is a bit touchy-feely, but it speaks of the cleansing power of Jesus shed blood and walking in Him.  The others have a clear exaltation of God.

There might be a question of singing the first two songs having such doctrinal integrity at a mission, since the people attending have little understanding outside the simple gospel, and the basic emphasis is daily survival believing on Christ.  Those people still need to be taught: perhaps a phrase or idea will stick.  They sang with gusto, and the mission coördinator who attended that morning appreciated the selections.

1 comment:

Karen said...

It's good not to "dumb down the Gospel" for anyone. It would have been easy to play Christian music from the radio that they may have been familiar with but didn't offer bibllical Truth.