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Scripture Memory: Man’s Sinfulness.

VERSE : Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

1 February 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Colin Wong (Spiritual Immaturity, 1 Cor 2:14 - 3:4)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Ho Chee Lai (God’s Loving Reproof, Prov 3:11-12)

8 February 2015

8 am & 11am Worship Service
Rev Mark Chen (Serving God God’s Way, 1 Cor 3:10-17)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Eld Khoo Peng Kiat (More Than a Beauty Sleep, Pro 3:24-26)

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Life Bible-Presbyterian church Music policy: philosophy and principles (part 2)

(Note: This was approved by the Session in November 2008. Part 1, which was published last week, consisted of an Introduction and the Philosophy of Life BPC’s Music Ministry.)

The Principles of Life BPC’s Music Ministry

 

1.  The Congregation

Our Lord Jesus said, “true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” (John 4:23). In other words, worship as God desires it brings us into His presence; it is meant not to be passive but participative.

A church without a choir can and must still sing. In this regard, we acknowledge that the congregation is the first and most important choir in LIFE BPC. Congregational singing is absolutely essential for worship, and dynamic congregational singing is a reflection of a believer’s attitude in worship.

To aid the congregation in its worship, it is important to have the text of the hymns draw us to the same truth as the sermon and the rest of the worship service. In this regard, the worship leader must, with prayerful consideration, choose hymns that are appropriate to the sermon topic. Wise selection of hymns would also involve careful consideration of both the text and the music.

2.  The Church Musicians

The music ministry in LIFE BPC is to be presented by members and regular worshippers of the church. Besides the organ and piano, we would like to see members who are proficient in a musical instrument to render items of praise during the worship service.

At LIFE BPC, we recognise that more important than musical ability is a whole-hearted service to God. We do not insist that all music presented at LIFE BPC be of similar quality to those performed by professional musicians. But at the same time, inadequately prepared and poorly performed music hinders the worship service. So, at LIFE BPC, we encourage all musicians to be faithful and to serve God to the best of their abilities, and to offer their music as “sacrifices of praise” unto God.

Applause after a musical rendition is inappropriate in corporate worship. We serve as unto God and not unto men. Anytime the worshipper’s attention is drawn away from God and to the performer, the musician and the congregation rob God of His glory.

All musicians and any groups who come forward to present musical items during a worship service should be appropriately attired in a modest and decorous manner.

3. The Choirs

The church choir is made up of members and regular worshippers of LIFE BPC. The church choir has an important place in LIFE BPC because it is an avenue of service for our people.

4.  The Children

Because praise and music is important to God, our children need to experience and learn the joy of worship through hymns and spiritual songs. At LIFE BPC, we strive to make music a major part of our children’s ministry.      

Conclusion

Martin Luther said “music is next to theology.” While it is not the touchstone of a worship service, music certainly has an important role in the life of the church.

At LIFE BPC, while we strive to be dynamic in our music ministry, we also believe that it is a mistake to adopt every musical style and genre into the church. Undiscerning inclusiveness in church music can have a negative effect. At LIFE BPC, while we expand our music ministry and strive to provide an opportunity for all worshippers to play a part in the music ministry, we also want to guard against the insidious worldliness that is creeping into church music.

At LIFE BPC, we believe that church music can be fast, slow, loud, soft, meditative, forceful, old, new when we exercise godly discernment in our music ministry. Just as important as the music are the musicians. And we pray that by the grace of God and His wisdom, the music ministry at LIFE BPC will continue to edify the saints and, above all, glorify God. Soli Deo Gloria

GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MUSIC POLICY OF LIFE BPC

A. The Music Ministry Committee

1.  Oversee and coordinate all aspects of the music ministry at LIFE BPC.

2.  Schedule and plan the annual music programme for LIFE BPC.

3.  Plan, prepare and organize special music events.

4.  Preview, select and approve all music used in the church weddings.

5.  Provide advice on the appropriate selection of music.

6.  Evaluate and train musicians.

7.  Organise a programme to educate church members to make the right music choices.

8.  Oversee the use, purchase and maintenance of the musical instruments.

B. Choirs

1.  Members and regular worshippers of LIFE BPC. Non-members must agree with the doctrinal position of LIFE BPC, and must have worshipped at LIFE BPC regularly for at least six months.

2.  Members must demonstrate Christian conduct.

C. Musicians (Pianists, Organists, and other Instrumentalists)

1.  Musicians officially appointed to minister at the worship services must be active members of LIFE BPC.

2.  Musicians must demonstrate adequate musical skills.

3.  Be familiar with the hymns in the church hymnal – the tune as well as the mood and tempo of the hymns.

4.  Must be punctual at worship services (15 minutes before worship service starts).

5.  Must be attired in a modest and decorous manner for worship services.

6.  Must be willing to practice and improve their musical skills.     

D. Guest Musicians (Vocalist and Instrumentalists)

A guest musician is anyone who is not a member of or regular worshipper at LIFE BPC, and who takes part in any musical event at LIFE BPC. All guest musicians should be born again believers. Exceptions may be made in particular instances, for example, when presentations are made by children from the Far Eastern Kindergarten or the Life SCC but only with the explicit approval of the Session.

E. Guidelines for Selecting Music

In order to fulfill the purpose of music at LIFE BPC, the following guidelines should be followed in selecting music for worship services, including weddings.

1.  The words of the hymns/songs must be theologically accurate and doctrinally sound. Avoid using songs that have ambiguous or abstract meaning.

2.  The hymns/songs must glorify God and edify the listeners. The primary purpose of church music is not entertainment.

3.  Each group from within the church that presents music should develop its own internal mechanism to select music. Groups should involve their session advisor if they are unsure of the lyrics.

4.  An advisory panel is available to help the groups /session advisors /worship service chairmen, especially on the issue of the style /genre of the music in question.

5.  The advisory panel will also help to review proposed presentations from external groups such as wedding parties. Most other users of the Life BPC premises are like-minded Christians and it may not be appropriate to insist on vetting their musical presentations.

6. All wedding parties should submit the songs they intend to use for vetting by the advisory panel.

7.  In cases where no good decision can be made, the matter will be referred to the pastor or to the Session.

F. Musical Instruments

The piano and organ will be the instruments used for regular worship services. At special occasions or where appropriate in a musical presentation, other instruments may be used judiciously. Groups intending to use such instruments should discuss their use with the Music Committee.

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1) Membership Roll Update Exercise: If you are a member of Life B-P Church, please fill the form and put it in the box at the church entrance.

2) The Coffee Corner is open at the FEK corridor between the 2 Sunday morning Services (except for the Sunday School period). Lifers and visitors are encouraged to visit the coffee corner to fellowship over refreshments.

3) Infant Baptism on Easter Sunday, 5 Apr 15. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 1 Mar 15. Please call the Church office (6594-9399) or email Yin Chan giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

4) Traffic Wardens are needed during the following time frames - before & after 8am worship; before & after Sunday school and before & after 11am service. Please contact Dn David Tan, 9667 9733.

5) Far Eastern Kindergarten Online Registration: 2015 Intake - Limited vacancies

2016 Pre-Nursery (YOB 2013) & Nursery (YOB 2012) - New Intake. Priority registration in February for church members at http://fek.qoqolo.com/cos/o.x?c=/ca4q_fek/registration. Please visit our website http://www.lifebpc.com/fekedu/ or call 6251 3676 for more information.

Priority registration for members ends on 28 February 2015. Public registration begins on 1 March on a first-come-first-served basis.

6) Online registration is open for Life B-P Church Camp 2015, which will be held from 15-18 June 2015 at Nirwana Resort Hotel, Bintan, Indonesia.  Dr Carl Martin will speak on the theme “Changed into His Image.”   Come and join us for a time of sweet fellowship and feasting in God’s Word!

7) Missions Awareness Seminar will be held on Saturday 14 March 15 from 3.00-5.45pm at Beulah Multi-Purpose Hall. Please E-register via LBPC website at www.lifebpc.com/missionsaware.htm. Registration closes on 1 Mar 15.

8) Our condolences to the family of Irene Lun Lye Peck (55 yrs old) on her homegoing on 27 Jan 15.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11