• When You Don’t Feel Like Singing Article by Randall Van Meggelen

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2015 | 1 Peter 2:9

    Over the past one hundred years, Christians have sung, “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free” countless times. Despite what one might think about “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” the hymn rings true in that our joy and freedom in Christ make us want to sing. Yet, sometimes we are not happy and do not feel like singing in corporate worship. It is therefore helpful to consider some aspects of sung praises in order to properly address this feeling. Purpose God saved us to proclaim His praises (1 Peter 2:9). He seeks true worshipers (John 4:23) … View Resource

  • The Service of Worship Article by Randall Van Meggelen

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2008

    I recently shared with my pastors that I attended a course in which the instructor encouraged the class of music directors to view ourselves not merely as musicians, but rather as “church” musicians. One of my pastors responded by suggesting that the word “churchman” should be reflected in any such description, while the other recommended “chief musician” as an appropriate designation. While the question over the best title is debatable, these gentlemen reveal a similar concern that the church musician is not simply performing music, but is ministering through music. I am quite confident that these same gentlemen also agree that … View Resource