“The Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church glorifies God with a tradition of musical excellence in worship, education and outreach.”
Guiding Scripture: Ephesians 5:19-20 NRSV “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Worship is the primary task of the Christian church, the central gathering of the community of faith for repentance, forgiveness, proclamation, service and celebration. As Presbyterians we believe that only our best should be offered to God, and this tradition commands us to prepare for worship with materials of the highest possible quality.
First Presbyterian Church has a long and distinguished tradition of musical excellence in worship. It has grown and prospered with a strong classically-oriented program that seeks to offer music that engages the mind, touches the heart and opens the worshiper to God. It includes music of the 21st century as well as music that speaks of our Christian tradition and heritage. It seeks to offer the best of contemporary experiences, in the classical tradition.
The music ministry includes education in scripture and tradition; providing opportunities for all ages to serve God and the church through participation in worship, education, evangelism and outreach. The materials used must reflect who we are as Presbyterian Christians.
This classic tradition of musical excellence at First Presbyterian is an important part of the church’s identity as a Christian community in Nashville. It has helped and enabled the church to grow both in strength and effectiveness, and stands as a beacon of quality and integrity in the Nashville area. We must continue to nurture and encourage this tradition as we move into the future.