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"Music has been woven within the fabric of church for generations. While the sounds and styles have developed and changed over thousands of years, its' ability to move hearts and evoke emotion and the Biblical mandate of worshiping using musical instruments has made it an essential components of worship services today. Worship and music have become so closely tied together that "music ministry" has become interchangeable with "worship ministry."

Music carries emotion and breaks down barriers. It crosses cultural and generational boundaries. Music has a unique power to change and influence how we feel. While the science and psychology of music is a fascinating discussion, the best part of music to me is the experience of hearing a chorus of voices, trained or untrained, singing the same song at the top of their lungs their love and adoration of our Creator. This to me is what makes church special.

This weekend when you're at church focus on the words. Focus on the melodies. Internalize them and let yourself be affected by them. Write down the song titles and listen to them during the week. If the songs and sounds you're hearing don't resonate with your soul, ask someone what moves their heart and try listening to that. Keep listening until you find it. Be open to hearing from Him through the music you listen to and expect Jesus to move in your heart. It will change your life and you will never get tired of worshiping Jesus. Jesus says that heaven will be a worship service and that should be something we look forward to!"

Collin Stoddard  -  Creative Arts Pastor Wooddale Church

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