Worship the lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
– Psalm 96:9 ESV
Worship is an immensely broad term that too often is used to mean “music.” While the music we use for corporate services is an important part of our worship, it does not define our worship. The Apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 3:17 teach us that we are to carry out every word that we speak and every deed that we do in the name of the Lord Jesus ultimately bringing glory and honor to God the Father. Here at Hartford Baptist Church, our service to others, our giving, our prayer life, and our music is focused on making much of the Lord Jesus. We feel that this is best accomplished by selecting songs from a variety of Christian genres. The Apostle lists a variety of genres fit for worship in Colossians 3, so we have taken his advice in singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. On any given Sunday, you may find us singing a 500 year old hymn or a current top 40 song on the Christian music charts. The three questions that we ask ourselves when selecting music for corporate services is:
#1 Does this song teach sound biblical truths?
#2 Does this song focus on and glorify God?
#3 Will our congregation be able to learn and sing this song with relative ease?
We have a talented group of individuals who faithfully worship the Lord by serving in the music ministry here at HBC. We firmly believe in using our talents to make much of the Lord. Jesus himself set this precedence in Matthew 25 as the servant who was given one talent was greatly punished for neglecting to use that talent to glorify his master. If the Lord has blessed you with a musical talent, we would love for you to worship alongside of us as me seek to glorify God and enjoy him forever.