The temple musicians were an important part of the worship service. They were the organ, choir or praise band of their day. It is interesting to see the transformations that have taken place with music in the church over the millennia. There are times that simple instruments were used and other times when no instruments were allowed. A couple of hundred years ago, the church brought in the wildest instrument to date. It was a powerful and noisy monstrosity called the organ (it was never created or intended for church). It was a risky way to get non church goers to connect with the church music, much like the electric guitar and drums today. If you don’t like the current style of church music, wait 10 years because it’s always changing. If you love the music today, enjoy it because it will not be around forever.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.