Differences in worship styles, especially musical styles, are some of the most obvious ways in which Christian churches differ. Some more traditional churches sing old hymns from traditional hymnals accompanied by traditional instruments, like the organ and piano. Nowadays, more and more churches opt for modern songs with lyrics projected on a screen, accompanied by guitars, keyboards, and drums. Rather than a choir they have a worship team of 3-5 people performing, without an official director leading the congregation to keep in time. A few denominations refuse all instruments.
Dr. Cynthia points out that the Psalms in the Bible talk about a wide variety of worship styles and body worship positions. This means they should all be valid for today as well. The Psalms do not include musical notes. Although this might not be why, it is actually good that the musical notes are not preserved – that leaves every generation and culture free to develop their own worship music style, rather than relying on what was in style 3,000 years ago.
You might prefer a church with a solemn worship style, one which emphasizes quiet contemplation of the awesome majesty of God. On the other hand, perhaps you enjoy shouting out to the Lord in joy, clapping or raising your hands in praise, or at times even jumping a bit for joy. There are excellent churches which engage all of these worship styles.
Dr. Cynthia actually enjoys nearly every style of worship, but she realizes not everyone does. She suggests that you find a church with sound doctrine and a worship style that you enjoy, and attend there. The same goes for your personal worship – listen to Christian worship music on the radio, CDs or downloads that encourage your heart and Christian growth.
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