Preparing and leading God's people to worship the Lord Jesus Christ through music
Trinity Bible Church's music ministry is dedicated to honoring and worshiping the Lord through the medium of music, both in word and in melody, by direct praise and worship to God as well as encouragement and admonishment to each other:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:16-17)
Because the music at TBC is fundamentally meant for congregational participation, we apply a balanced approach to music by including edifying, convicting, and encouraging songs and hymns ranging in age from hundreds of years ago to a couple months ago. Our goal is to provide an avenue for congregational worship of the Lord through music. Stylistically, our variety includes traditional instruments (primarily wind), contemporary instruments, and a variety of choral groups (15-20 person choir, octets, quartets, backup vocal singers, etc). Because our congregation is diverse in their musical preferences, our church music styles are also diverse.
Any questions about the music can be directed to Joel Jaso, including questions about our philosophy of music, more information on the music groups, rehearsal times, etc.
What's the Focus?
The focus, overall, of the music ministry is congregational/corporate worship. The musicians are playing to assist in congregational worship, not to play for an audience. Because of this focus, then, the focus of our music is primarily the content, and secondarily the accompanying music. Songs are selected primarily based on textual considerations. These considerations include, but are certainly not limited to, doctrinal teachings, clarity of the text, appropriateness for a corporate worship service, and how well it can be sung in a way that encourages personal expression. Personal expression does not refer exclusively to external shows of expression, but represents an attempt to guage how well those in the congregation can attach themselves to the song in such a way that when they sing it, they are able to worship God through the song and not simply sing words out loud. The accompanying musical style is also considered and may be changed to better fit the text or particular usage for that particular service.
What Groups Are There?
For all of the below groups: if you are interested, talk to Joel Jaso for more information. There is no formal audition process; instead, you will be given a short document that describes the expectations of a church musician, and a time can be worked out to join a rehearsal to see how it goes.
Currently, our orchestra consists primarily of wind instruments, but almost any instrument would be considered.
The contemporary group leads the congregational worship in primarily contemporary styles. For more information about the group, or if you'd like to give some productive input as to how the group is developing, please contact Paul.
Our growing choir rehearses every Sunday afternoon and asissts congregational worship or provides special music once every few months, and is a big part of both Easter and Christmas services and/or concerts. Reading music is not actually required, in case you are interested!
God has blessed TBC with talented and versatile musicians, and we try to take advantage of this in our music ministry. Various people are asked to participate in a variety of ways, such as an SATB quartet with the contemporary group or an SSAATTBB octet with traditional styled music.
What About Technical Equipment?