January 2018 |
Music as an Effective Means of Impressing the Heart
The Music Ministries of the North Philippine Union Conference is committed to uphold the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s music, to develop and enhance the musical talents of the church, and to encourage music that ennobles and uplifts the souls to God.
Music Leaders Empowerment
Last June 3, 2017, Central Luzon Conference served music coordinators and leaders through Music Leaders Empowerment Training held at the CLC Cucueco Hall. The event sought to ensure that praise and worship in the church influences a Christian life for good and draws churchgoers closer to God. The thought contained in Psalms 104:33 served as its backdrop, “I will sing to the Lord all my life, I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”
Different topics were presented by the Music Ministries coordinators: “The Power of Music” parts 1 and 2, by Mrs. Norlin Cadapan; “Church Decorum: A Musician Perspective” by Josie Felda Calera; and the “Role of Music in the Church: A Musician’s guide in Worship” by Dr. Jadaza Hintay. She expounded music and its significance in the church to all delegates. An open forum was facilitated in the afternoon before the commitment ceremony. Two hundred eight (208) leaders and musicians attended this program.
The second MPM-wide Music Orientation Seminar and Workshop was coordinated by Mrs. Sylvia Polito, the Music coordinator of MPM last June 16-17, 2017. It was held for all local church music leaders, coordinators, and song leaders, focusing more on song leadership. Even the young at hearts enjoyed how to lead out in singing.
The seminar was attended by 75 articipants all of whom received their certificates. One of the delegates expressed, “It was really worth our time and sacrifice attending such an orientation seminar.”
NELM held a special music gathering for leaders at Northeast Luzon Adventist Elementary School. The participants were music coordinators, song leaders, pianists, and teachers. Topics presented were: Seven Observation in SDA Church Music: Before and Today; Song of the Month and Programming; Total Member Involvement towards a Life of Service; and Praise and The Power of Praise Team in TMI. The delegates were also given ample time to share and give their testimonies on the power of music and its role in their spiritual walk.
South-Central Luzon Conference initiated conducting a mass choir during the camp meeting at Lipa Adventist Academy last April 29, 2017. Choirs and other singing groups from different churches combined forces and voices. In the afternoon, 13 choral groups, vocal solos and instrumental numbers joined the music festival. Music has indeed become the unifying agent of church members. Truly, heaven rejoices to those who brought their musical offering to the Lord!
Sing Bible Verse (SBV) Songbooks
The Music Ministries of South-Central Luzon Conference launched a program “One Scripture Song, One Sabbath” to help church members especially the children store in mind Bible verses. Because of this, 1,000 copies of Sing Bible Verses songbooks, written and composed by Wayne Hooper, were locally printed and recorded and have been distributed all over NPUC territories from February up to April.
We commend Mrs. Elizabeth Fofue for her initiative and courage to produce the SBV, and a great appreciation also to the artists who shared their talents, time, energy, and service for the fulfillment of the said project. Praise be to God!
According to Ellen G. White, “Music is one of God’s great gifts to man, and is one of the most important elements in a spiritual program. It is an avenue of communication with God, and is one of the most effective means of impressing the heart with spiritual truth” (Education, 168).
To all my counterparts, and to all administrators of missions and conferences, thank you very much for your support in this ministry. God bless us!
To God be the glory
Music was made to serve a holy purpose, to lift the thoughts to that which is pure, noble and elevating, and to awaken in the soul devotion and gratitude to God. What a contrast between the ancient custom and the uses to which music is now too often devoted. How many employ this gift to exalt self, instead of using it to glorify God? A love for music leads the unwary to unite with world-lovers in pleasure-gatherings where God has forbidden his 11 children to go. Thus that which is a great blessing when rightly used, becomes one of the most successful agencies by which Satan allures the mind from duty and from the contemplation of eternal things. Music forms a part of God’s worship in the courts above, and we should endeavor, in our songs of praise, to approach as nearly as possible to the harmony of the heavenly choirs. The proper training of the voice is an important feature in education, and should not be neglected. Singing, as a part of religious service, is as much an act of worship as is prayer.”--Christian Education, pp. 62, 63.
Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.