Guidance for Worship Music by Allistair Begg

Guidance for Worship Music by Allistair Begg

During the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we were listening to the live-stream service from Parkside Church. My husband and I really enjoyed the music.

Parkside is pastored by Allistair Begg and is on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown.  On the music page of the church’s website, they explain their guidelines for choosing their music:

“The goal of the music ministry is to glorify God by helping to lead the congregation in corporate worship using a variety of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Our emphasis is on congregational participation, so we strive to select music that is singable. In addition, music is selected carefully to ensure that each song is theologically accurate, doctrinally rich, and musically excellent. Our focus is God and His glory.”

Again, here are the points to consider when choosing worship music:

  • For corporate singing to God’s glory
  • Singable
  • Theologically accurate
  • Doctrinally rich
  • Musically excellent

I don’t have a link, but during one of the worship services, Alistair Begg also mentioned they do not choose music that repeats over and over.

Some Hymns on The Sovereign

I like to feature hymns on The Sovereign. Starting in 2017, I researched the theology and the stories behind these hymns to post as a series on The Sovereign. (I’d forgotten this project. I’ll have to pick it back up again.)

Here’s links to some of the hymns I’ve featured that would fit these guidelines.

There’s many more. I hope you’ve enjoyed these hymns with me.

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  • For more in-depth guidance, watch or listen to Allistair on The Pastor’s Role in the Praising Church. Allistair also talks about the appropriateness of the melodies and the words for certain times in a worship service. And more, of course.
  • Find more hymns on The Sovereign through this link.
  • Also, find worship songs in other languages by clicking here.
  • Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

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