In My Church, the Proletariat Sing

At Hopewell Mennonite Church, we all sing. Even the men.

Or maybe we’re the bourgeoisie. Or the upper crust. (I’m just using those terms for the anyhow, OK?)

I just want to say that in my home congregation, we all sing. Even the men. Maybe it’s because we are a conservative Mennonite church. We sing four-part a cappella (you know, with no musical instruments).

In fact, once a quarter we have a Sunday afternoon men’s singing time, using Hymns We Love #3. And then in the evening we have a singing service for everybody. With fingerfood snacks in between.

I thought of that several days ago when I read this article: Read it all

Hopewell Mennonite Youth Group Sings

For one of their former own at her wedding reception

One of the young women in our youth group (or at least in it within recent memory) got married this weekend.

She (they, I’m sure) asked the youth group (Hopewell Mennonite Church) to sing four songs at the reception.

Here are my two favorites:

Title: “Can You Hear?”
Soloist: Jason Boss

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Myth: Neutral Music

'Music is neutral; lyrics are the message.' There's simply no factual basis for this belief. Is the music I use really at war against the content of the lyrics?

Do you believe the myth?

And live by it?

And defend it?

And get defensive and testy when it’s challenged?

Here are the opening and closing paragraphs of a piece I learned about on…uh…Facebook:

For years I have heard the claim that the type of music in corporate worship is irrelevant. It is not the music that matters, but the lyrics. Music is supposedly “neutral,” and the lyrics alone determine the message. There is simply no factual basis for this belief. The propagation of this idea has resulted in much spiritual confusion today where the music used in worship actually wars against the content of the lyrics.


In summary, music always speaks. It always has something to say on its own—free of lyrics. What our worship music says about God must line up with what we are told about God in His Word. We know God two ways: both by His character and by His works as they are recorded in Scripture. Nobody is very interested in knowing the character and works of God today, and that ultimately is the root of the problem. We cannot speak honestly of one we do not know. God is made over into man’s image today, and the music used to worship Him reflects that. A thorough knowledge of God through His Word will have a reformational effect on Christian worship. Only when we know God can we truly worship him in spirit and in truth.

Soli Deo Gloria

Do read the whole piece: Music is Never “Neutral” by Tom Schlueter

Above all, love God!