In a time when music serves as a source of conflict in many churches, the goal of the Center is to return peace-and power-to the Church. Music can do this.
As Martin Luther said, "Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise."
When music and the Word of God are combined, a powerful force for good is unleashed. The singing of hymns encourages the best of the Christian faith. Again, in the words of Luther, "The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to mankind to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music."
We believe that hymns must remain at the forefront of congregational song. No other musical form can replace the singing of hymns in the church. For only hymns can unite a musical language (harmony, melody and rhythm) of varying styles with a theologically minded text inspired by a strong personal experience. And the singing of a hymn allows the contemporary Christian to sing with the saints through centuries of triumph and tragedy.
Thus, by proclaiming God's truth through hymns, the believer enters a unique place. A place where truth and beauty unite to inspire hope and confidence.
The beautiful hymn, Holy, Holy, Holy, contains these words: "Only Thou art holy, There is none beside Thee, Perfect in power, in love and purity."
In singing a hymn, the mind is nourished and the spirit lifted as this thrice holy God becomes the object of worship and adoration. Singing a hymn is not only a great privilege, it is truly a great opportunity!