Worship, singing and music is very important to us at Cleveland Heights church. We feel that worship is a wonderful way to experience and express our love and devotion to Jesus Christ. Because we love God and are thankful for what He has done for us, we respond with worship, praise, adoration and consecration. Through song and prayer, both our relationship to the Lord, individually and together with other Christians, can be cherished, nourished and strengthened. We love the Lord and are happy to thank Him over and over again.
We also use song as a means to help edify other Christians. Music can be a great way to help, exhort and encourage the believers around us. Though a variety of different songs, old, new, fast, slow, contemporary or traditional, believers can sing and learn many different songs about many different things that can help them in their walk with the Lord. Colossians 3:16 tell us that we are to “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.” We feel like all of our songs must be biblically inspired. And we have found that a great way to allow God’s Word to remain in us is to sing it out to one another and to God.
Music is a universal language. Across languages and cultures, song can touch people’s hearts in way nothing else can. Somehow, a song about Jesus’ love and sacrifice can sometimes penetrate someone’s heart like nothing else. Announcing the Good News of Jesus’ salvation by way of song has long been a means for reaching out in our community. We have held many special concert events from a variety of genres, all the way from Classical, to Hip-Hop, Rock or even Electronica. People from all walks of life need to hear and believe the Gospel; sometimes song can reach a person in a way words alone cannot.
In a very practical way, the music we sing on any Sunday morning can have the potential to open people’s hearts to hear a word spoken from the Bible. It can have a way to refresh people, warm them up and prepare people to hear God speaking from His Word.