Hymn Playing

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Playing for worship music has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old.  I’m sure back then I didn’t realize the purpose of music in the church. Over the last 10 years, however, God has helped me  grow in the understanding of worship music and my role as a musician.  Here’s a few thoughts of philosophy from a workshop I’ve given.

God created and ordained music.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord

Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

God calls us to do everything for His glory.

Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

God has given us music to worship Him.

What is worship?

  1. To have an adoring reverence or regard for something
  2. God should be our sole object of worship.
  3. When worshiping God, we should have our mind and affections fixed on Him.

Goal:  to help people worship God effectively


    1. Be a help, not a distraction.
    2. If you are playing in such a way that draws attention to yourself, people are not able to properly worship God.
    3. Communicate the text in your style of playing!

Ex. – Wonderful Grace of Jesus should not be played slowly and meditatively.  Likewise It is Well should not be played the same style as Wonderful Grace of Jesus.

Match the text – even from stanza to stanza within the hymn – example:  Jesus Paid it All


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