I think of a symphony and choir concert as a celebration of redemption. The Bible says, "God inhabits the praises of His people." I believe that if we fill an auditorium with His praise God will surely fill it with His presence, and that occasion will be rich with blessing!
Ephesions 5:19 says, "Talk with each other much about the Lord, quoting psalms and hymns and singing sacred songs, making music in your hearts to the Lord."
Longfellow said, "Music is the universal language of mankind." I say, let's use this language to speak to mankind of God's magnificent redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I love the old hymns. They are the heritage of the church, not archaic, but rather timeless treasures. The hymn writers have translated precious bits of scripture into poetic verse. They set it to music that transports us into the very throne room of God. When writing these arrangements I study the lyrics and feel like I am painting a sermon in sound, with melodies and harmonies, rhythm and chords, tempos and dynamics. I want the listener to feel the flame of inspiration, the warmth of eternal hope, the joy of heartfelt praise, the security of absolute truth, and the comfort of everlasting love.
Imagine this...A full symphony orchestra filling the stage, behind which there are risers filled with a well rehearsed mass choir. Out front there is a packed auditorium full of eager listeners waiting to hear dramatic renditions of the beloved hymns and gospel songs! Oh yes, and I forgot to tell you - this could all be taking place in your city, sponsored by your church or a team effort by several churches in the area. Let's talk about making it happen for the glory of God!