“The Christian church sings… (The) church that does not sing is not the church.”
– Reformed theologian Karl Barth
Knox Presbyterian Church is therefore a singing family of faith. We sing, all generations together:
- to worship God
- to celebrate God’s blessings in our lives
- to pray for hope and healing
- to grow in faith and in love
- to become a more vibrant, welcoming and inclusive community
It has been difficult to carry on with this vision when we have not been allowed to sing in church, due to the global pandemic, but we have continued to encourage everyone worshipping at home via live stream each Sunday to join in hymns, and we have included a number of singers from our choir and congregation at large to help support our music ministry, even when our Sanctuary has been closed to public gatherings.
At Knox, our worship music includes a blend of traditional and contemporary styles from around the world. We use a pipe organ, piano, handbells and chimes, plus a variety of other instruments. Most of all, we praise God with our voices: we sing songs from Canada to Cameroon, Brazil to Botswana, and everywhere in between, because we all belong to one family; we are all children of God.
In non-pandemic times, we include our children in worship, and they learn to develop and use their musical gifts continuously, with the whole congregation. We also have regular children’s Sundays, special times for presenting music which children practise in our mid-week LOGOS Ministry, about every 6 weeks or so (including our annual Church School Nativity Pageant each December). With current COVID restrictions preventing LOGOS and Church School from meeting in person, our leaders have been sending outreach activity packages, including links to songs, to registered families; connecting across generations is very important to all of us at Knox.