Over the course of the last several months, even when church congregations have been able to gather, we have not been able to sing. Singing for many is way of worship that has been missed, indeed he scriptures teach us:
“For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.”Doctrine and Covenants 25:12
With this in mind we are inviting all to take part in the Ashton Stake
“Songs of the Heart”
Each Sunday afternoon we will be sharing one or two musical items from the Hymnbook, as selected by you, with your thoughts on why it is special and what makes it bring you closer to God. Anyone can take part just send us a message naming the hymn and attach your written thoughts. We will strive to find a video of that hymn being sung on the Official Church Website and then we will share it, along with your message. If you are musical, you could even send us a recording of you playing or singing it yourself, but your thoughts are enough. All can take part.
Everyone has one Hymn that stirs the soul, for some the challenge may be picking just one!! You can submit more than once!!! As a Stake Presidency, with our Music Chairperson Emma Hughes, we will schedule them in. We hope creating a forum to share our spiritual thoughts, will raise the relevance of music in our Stake and perhaps provide inspiration for Sunday ward meetings.
Music in Our Church Meetings
“Inspirational music is an essential part of our church meetings. The hymns invite the Spirit of the Lord, create a feeling of reverence, unify us as members, and provide a way for us to offer praises to the Lord. Some of the greatest sermons are preached by the singing of hymns. Hymns move us to repentance and good works, build testimony and faith, comfort the weary, console the mourning, and inspire us to endure to the end. We hope to see an increase of hymn singing in our congregations. We encourage all members, whether musically inclined or not, to join with us in singing the hymns. We hope leaders, teachers, and members who are called on to speak will turn often to the hymnbook to find sermons presented powerfully and beautifully in verse. Latter-day Saints have a long tradition of choir singing. Every ward and branch in the Church should have a choir that performs regularly. We encourage choirs to use the hymnbook as their basic resource.”Preface to the Hymnbook
Music in Our Personal Lives
“In addition to blessing us as Church and family members, the hymns can greatly benefit us as individuals. Hymns can lift our spirits, give us courage, and move us to righteous action. They can fill our souls with heavenly thoughts and bring us a spirit of peace. Hymns can also help us withstand the temptations of the adversary. We encourage you to memorize your favorite hymns and study the scriptures that relate to them. Then, if unworthy thoughts enter your mind, sing a hymn to yourself, crowding out the evil with the good. Brothers and sisters, let us use the hymns to invite the Spirit of the Lord into our congregations, our homes, and our personal lives. Let us memorize and ponder them, recite and sing them, and partake of their spiritual nourishment. Know that the song of the righteous is a prayer unto our Father in Heaven, “and it shall be answered with a blessing upon [your] heads.”The First Presidency Preface to the Hymnbook