By Daniel Thomas, CGS Musician
As I mentioned in a previous article, as we move into the Pentecost season we will be doing more contemporary music in our worship service. Some of the songs will be familiar to our CGS family as pieces we used to do in our periodic praise services, while others will be new to most people.
As we read in the Book of Acts, as the Holy Spirit filled the Apostles they began to speak in many tongues, but those who were present “heard the speech in their own language, even though they were from many different countries.” I think this is an apt analogy to using different musical styles in our service – whether it is classical, rock, folk, jazz, or some other style (Pastor and I both want to do a ska service someday!), if we listen to the words, and if we remember that the Holy Spirit fills the hearts and minds of all those who write music to worship, I think we can all hear the music in our own “language” – even if it is not a style we might normally listen to.
Here are links to some of the music you’ll be hearing this season. Although we may not play the music exactly as you’ll hear it in these links, it will give you the chance to hear the melodies and take in the words prior to each service. As always, I welcome your thoughts and conversation!
Holy Spirit, Come
Great Comforter, Descend
Hymn To The Holy Spirit
Christ Has No Body Now But Yours
Holy Spirit, Light Divine
I’ll continue to provide links to music as we go through the season.