“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” (Psalm 96:1-2)
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16)
“In the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” - David Foster Wallace
We believe that God created us to worship. Our hearts are prone to worship idols (sex, money, power, approval), but as St. Augustine said, our hearts will be restless until they find rest in the one, true God, our creator and redeemer, our highest good. We believe that God has laid out for us in Scripture how He wants His people to worship Him, and that it is the duty of the church to “continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God” (Heb. 13:15).
We are thankful to God for the gift of music, which engages our emotions and helps to root God’s truth deep within us, drawing us closer to Him and binding us together as a community both here in Grove and also as the universal church. Because music does have this unique power to affect us, we want to be careful to make sure that the words we sing are true and faithful to Scripture. We sing God’s Word back to Him, choosing songs that are saturated with Biblical truth.
The Psalms model for us that we can be honest with God and express to Him the wide range of human emotion that we experience, including joy and gratitude, but also sorrow and frustration. We sing songs that touch on all parts of redemptive history: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. Through song, we praise God for the beauty and goodness of His creation, confess our sin and lament the fallen condition of the world, marvel at the grace and mercy revealed to us in Christ Jesus who offers forgiveness through His atoning sacrifice, and comfort ourselves with the hope we have that Christ will come again to make all things new.
Stylistically, our music has a contemporary, folk sound, and is usually led with an acoustic guitar and piano, accompanied by light percussion from a hand drum called a djembe. We sing a mix of hymns and contemporary songs written by groups like Keith and Kristyn Getty, CityAlight, Indelible Grace, Sovereign Grace, and others.
If you’d like to see a sampling of some of the specific songs we sing, here is a link to our YouTube page, where we have playlists for each Sunday’s setlist: Three Rivers Presbyterian Church - YouTube