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SING TO JEHOVAH!
“I will make melody to my God as long as I am.”—PS. 146:2.
2011 Yearbook, Singing Praise to Jehovah, p.17-21:
Singing songs of praise to Jehovah is an integral part of our worship. At the 2009 conventions, therefore, God's servants were overjoyed when they were told of a new songbook, Sing to Jehovah. But why was a new songbook needed?
From time to time, we have revised our songbooks to keep them in line with increased spiritual light. (Prov 4:18) Preparation of a new songbook thus provides an opportunity for needed adjustments to be made to the lyrics of our songs. Wording has been selected that makes it easier to absorb the meaning of the song while it is being sung and to make the words easier to remember. To help further with memorization, many of the songs have been shortened. Where appropriate choruses have been added to provide meaningful repetition of key thoughts. In addition, an effort was made to assign each syllable of each word to a single note, rather than to place more than one syllable on a note.
A careful analysis of our previous songbook, Sing Praises to Jehovah, revealed that some of the melodies needed adjustments to make them easier to sing. As a result, some of the songs have now been lowered in pitch so that the higher notes are easier to sing. Also, not all songs were being sung exactly as they were written in the book. So in some cases the melody itself has been adjusted to match the more natural manner in which the songs were actually being sung by our brothers internationally.
Details, such as how the music is printed on the page, were given special consideration. While longer songs have been spread across two pages to accommodate the longer text of translated languages, songs have been placed so that there is no need to turn a page during a song. No songs are longer than three verses.
How was the mammoth task of preparing the new songbook accomplished? In August 2007, a team of experienced composers and lyricists were invited to assist the Governing Body with the project. All of the songs in the previous songbook were examined meticulously to identify problems with doctrinal content, word emphasis, and melodic issues. It was apparent that some of the older melodies were fine but that they required new lyrics. Other songs that required little adjustment to lyrics needed substantial changes to their melodies. Then, the Teaching Committee of the Governing Body approved a list of topics to be considered in songs for Christian meetings, assemblies, conventions and dedication programs.
In addition, the composers took time to reexamine the style of music used by our brothers at our meetings. To produce reverent yet appealing songs, they avoided music that sounded like hymns used in Christendom's churches. At the same time, they did not want songs of praise to Jehovah to lean toward styles that have become popular in many charismatic churches.
Throughout the project, the Governing Body carefully monitored the composition and words of each song. Groups of new songs that the Governing Body was not familiar with were recorded by singers for the Governing Body to listen to and review. (so the GB are musical experts!) As soon as these songs were approved, they were sent to translating branches for translation of the lyrics so that vernacular songbooks could be released at the same time as the English songbook.
Additionally, in 2007, the Governing Body arranged for a chorus of singers to produce recordings that would help the congregation members to learn the songs. For many years a volunteer orchestra from 14 branches has assembled about twice a year at Patterson, New York, to record music for educational programs produced by Jehovah's Witnesses, including dramas, video productions, and musical accompaniment for conventions and assemblies. These dedicated brothers and sisters, many of them full-time ministers, use their time and resources to travel and record music for the benefit of the international brotherhood. All are skilled musicians. The orchestral recordings are then shared with branches around the world to provide background music for their conventions and for the production of vocal renditions in dozens of local languages. Many of the vocal recordings made at the branches are now available for download from our Web site www.jw.org .
What has been the reaction to the new songbook, Sing to Jehovah? This letter from a sister is typical of hundreds of letters of appreciation that have been received: “Please allow me to begin this letter by thanking you for the beautiful new songs in our new songbook. They are moving, faith-strengthening, and comforting – a delightful gift from Jehovah.”
It is our desire that the songbook Sing to Jehovah will be a source of comfort and encouragement to our worldwide brotherhood. Whether we are alone or gathered together with our fellow worshipers, may we use it to express our love for our heavenly father, Jehovah!
START OF ARTICLE
1. What motivated young David to compose some
of his psalms?
IN HIS youth, David spent countless hours
in the fields near Bethlehem tending
his father’s flocks. As he watched over the
sheep, David could observe Jehovah’s magnificent
creative works: the starry heavens,
“the beasts of the open field,” and “the birds
of heaven.” He was deeply affected by what
he saw—so much so that he was moved to
compose heart-stirring songs of praise to
the Maker of these wonderful things. Many
of David’s compositions can be found in the
book of Psalms._—Read Psalm 8:3, 4, 7-9.
How many jw children do you know that are encouraged to compose and play songs of praise to God? How many are taught music, either at school or privately? How many even have access to a musical instrument?
How many jws have that kind of free time, are encouraged to learn about the stars? Most likely they are told that it interferes with personal study, meeting attendance, and door to door.
***w04 5/1 p. 18 par. 22 Youths, Are You Building for the Future? *** A spiritual view of things will likely lead you to make decisions that others will not understand. For example, one young Christian man was a gifted musician and an honor student in every subject at school. When he graduated, he joined his father in a window-cleaning business so that he could pursue his chosen vocation as a full-time evangelizer, or pioneer.
2. (a) What effect can music have on an individual?
Give an example. (b) What can we learn about
David’s relationship with Jehovah from Psalm 34:
7, 8 and Psalm 139:2-8?
2 It was likely during this period in his life
that David perfected his skills as a musician.
He became so accomplished, in fact,
that he was invited to play the harp for
King Saul. (Prov. 22:29) David’s music had a
soothing effect on the troubled monarch, as
good music often has on people even today.
Whenever David took up his instrument,
“there was relief for Saul and it was well with
him.” (1 Sam. 16:23) The songs that this
God-fearing musician and song writer composed
have stood the test of time. Just think
of it! Today, more than 3,000 years after David’s
birth, millions of people from all walks
of life and living in all parts of the earth regularly
turn to the psalms of David for comfort
and hope.—2 Chron. 7:6; read Psalm 34:
7, 8; 139:2-8; Amos 6:5.
*Interestingly, ten centuries after David’s death, a
host of angels announced the birth of the Messiah to
shepherds who were keeping watch over their flocks in
the fields near Bethlehem.—Luke 2:4, 8, 13, 14.
Are jws encouraged to become “so accomplished” that they are invited to play for a king? So how many songs by David do you know?
I wonder what songs David played for Bath-sheba as he wooed her to become his lover, an adulteress?
Did David compose a song to God how David’s other wives were going to be raped in public as a punishment to David?
(Sidepoint: What kind of wench was Bath-sheba to marry the man who killed her husband?)
Music’s Honorable Place in True Worship
3, 4. What arrangements for performing sacred
music were made in David’s day?
3 David had talent, and he used his talent
in the best way possible—to glorify Jehovah.
After he became king of Israel, David arranged
for the tabernacle services to include
beautiful music. More than one tenth
of all the active Levites—some 4,000 of
them—were assigned as “givers of praise,”
with 288 being “trained in song to Jehovah,
all experts.”—1 Chron. 23:3, 5; 25:7.
Do jws today use their musical talent today? Do they play instruments at the KH or the assemblies/conventions?
Are 1/10 of active jws trained in music? Does the WTS encourage it?
***w60 8/15 p. 492 Sing and Make a Joyful Noise! *** “Jehovah’s witnesses glorify Jehovah today by singing ‘the new song,’ proclaiming from house to house the message of God’s established kingdom.So Jehovah’s witnesses recognize that carrying on pure worship is the all-essential thing and that it comes before trained choirs and music.
4 David himself composed many of the
songs that the Levites performed. Any Israelites
who were privileged to be present on the
occasions when David’s psalms were sung
must have been deeply moved by what they
heard. Later, when the ark of the covenant
was brought up to Jerusalem, “David . . . said
to the chiefs of the Levites to station their
brothers the singers with the instruments of
song, stringed instruments and harps and
cymbals, playing aloud to cause a sound of
rejoicing to arise.”—1 Chron.15:16.
So do the songs today show musical talent, expertise? Who does compose today’s WTS songs? Where did they get their training? Do they bring in Prince, George Benson, Rebbie Jackson, etc.?
Remember that David did not have the ark brought in correctly, and Uzzah died because of that not David.
***it-1 p. 167 Ark of the Covenant *** David’s desire to have the Ark brought to Jerusalem was a good one, but the method he first used led to disaster. Instead of having it carried by the poles on the shoulders of the Kohathite Levites as instructed, David let it be placed on a wagon. The bulls caused a near upset, and Uzzah was struck down because he reached out to grab hold of the Ark, contrary to God’s law.—2Sa 6:2-11; 1Ch 13:1-11; 15:13; Nu 4:15.
5, 6. (a) Why was so much attention given to music
during David’s reign? (b) How do we know that
music was considered to have an important place in
worship in ancient Israel?
5 Why was so much attention given to
music in David’s day? Was it just because
the king was a musician? No, there was another
reason, which was revealed centuries
later when righteous King Hezekiah revived
the services at the temple. At 2 Chronicles
29:25, we read: “He [that is, Hezekiah]
had the Levites stationed at the house of
Jehovah, with cymbals, with stringed instruments
and with harps, by the commandment
of David and of Gad the king’s
visionary and of Nathan the prophet, for it
was by the hand of Jehovah that the commandment
was by means of his prophets.”
So it was by God’s command through the prophets…so who are the prophets today? Is the WTS saying they are a prophet because they designed the songbook?
"All True Christians ARE Prophets. The New American Bible correctly states: "Prophet means 'one who speaks for another,' especially for God. It does not necessarily mean that he predicts the future!" … You will be interested to learn that God has on earth a people, all of whom are prophets, or witnesses for God. In fact, they are known throughout the world as Jehovah's Witnesses." Awake! 1986 June 8 p. 9
6 Yes, through his prophets, Jehovah directed
his worshippers to praise him with
song. Singers from the priestly tribe were
even exempted from duties that other Levites
were required to perform so that they
could devote sufficient time to composition
and, most likely, to rehearsal.—1 Chron.
Imagine, would jws today be “exempted from duties that other Levities were required to perform so that they could devote sufficient time to composition and, most likely, to rehearsal?” What scripture is that? Does anyone know?
What about today? Why were orchestras at the assemblies and conventions disbanded in the 1970’s?
I was in those orchestras. They ended just about the time recordings of the "kingdom" songs came out. We were given the reason mentioned above, taking up too much time from "field service."
*** Proclaimers book jv chap. 16 p. 241 Meetings for Worship, Instruction, and Encouragement ***
1966: "Singing and Accompanying Yourselves With Music in Your Hearts"(119 songs covering every aspect of Christian living and worship. Music known to have originated with secular or false-religious sources was deleted. Orchestral recordings of the entire book were made and were extensively used as accompaniment in congregation meetings. Some vocal selections were also recorded. Starting in 1980, recordings of orchestral arrangements of "Kingdom Melodies" were produced so that at home individuals could enjoy music that would be upbuilding)
Here's the Question Box that ended live music in the KH and conventions/assemblies in my area.
*** km 11/76 p. 8 Question Box ***
Is it proper that the body of elders arrange for musical accompaniment for congregational singing other than using the Society’s recordings?
This is a matter for decision by the body of elders. Accompaniment for singing does help the congregation to sing well. Some congregations may not have record players to use in playing the Society’s recordings. Where qualified persons with musical talent are available, many congregations prefer to have piano or other instrumental accompaniment. It would not be good to try to use someone who does not really know how to play an instrument well.
When recordings are used, care should be used to replace worn-out or damaged records, thus maintaining the high standard of the meetings that should be found in the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
7, 8. Where singing our Kingdom songs is concerned,
what is more important than skill?
7 You may say, “Where singing is concerned,
I most certainly would never have
been counted among the experts who performed
at the tabernacle!” But not all of the
Levite musicians were experts. According to
1 Chronicles 25:8, there were ‘learners’ as
well. It is also worth noting that there may
have been some very skilled musicians and
singers from among the other tribes of Israel,
but Jehovah assigned the Levites to care
for the music. We may be sure that whether
they were ‘experts’ or ‘learners,’ all of the
faithful Levites put their heart into the task.
Who is an expert? What happens when someone in the hall has a good voice and “stands out”? They are told to tone it down…not to call attention to themselves or not to sing the harmony because it makes it hard for others to sing along. I was told that in 1986….finally in 1997:
***w97 2/1 pp. 27-28 Music’s Place in Modern Worship ***However, those who sing with skill or who have exceptionally fine voices should never be discouraged from singing out. A beautiful voice can provide strong support to a congregation singing praises to Jehovah.
***w97 2/1 p. 28 Music’s Place in Modern Worship *** Singing at our meetings also provides an appropriate setting for singing harmony parts to the melodies. Those who have an ear for harmony or who can read the harmony lines in the songbook and voice them are encouraged to blend in with the singing and add to the beauty of the music.
So does the new songbook have the harmony lines any more? Does that mean no one can sing harmony?
8 David loved music and he was skilled at
it. But is it talent alone that counts with
God? At Psalm 33:3, David wrote: “Do your
best at playing on the strings along with joyful
shouting.” The message is clear: What
counts is that we ‘do our best’ in praising
Here comes the adjustment…it is not necessary to sing well….just shout. Maybe these poor people could improve with some training.
***w97 2/1 p. 28 Music’s Place in Modern Worship *** Some have improved their voices by simply humming while doing chores. Humming helps smooth out the tone of the voice. And at appropriate times while we are alone or working where we would not disturb others, singing Kingdom melodies is an excellent exercise for the voice and a means of putting one in a joyful, relaxed frame of mind.
We can also encourage singing a few of the Kingdom songs at gatherings . Such singing, accompanied by an instrument such as a guitar or a piano or by the Society’s piano recordings, gives a spiritual tone to our gatherings. It also provides an aid for learning the songs and singing them well at congregation meetings.
The Role of Music After David’s Day
9. Describe what you might have seen and heard if
you had attended the inauguration of the temple
during Solomon’s reign.
9 During Solomon’s reign, music was featured
in pure worship in a large way. At the
inauguration of the temple, there was a full scale
orchestra, with a brass section composed
of 120 trumpets. (Read 2 Chronicles 5:
12.) The Bible tells us that “the trumpeters
[who were all priests] and the singers were as
one in causing one sound to be heard in
praising and thanking Jehovah, . . . ‘for he is
good, for to time indefinite is his loving kindness.’
”As soon as that joyful sound had
gone up, “the house itself was filled with a
cloud,” indicating Jehovah’s approval. How
thrilling, how awe-inspiring it must have
been to hear the sound of all those trumpets
along with thousands of singers blending as
one!—2 Chron. 5:13.
Full scale orchestra…how much time does the Bethel orchestra waste, taking time away from speaking about God?
Can jws count their time singing as part of their preaching and mark it on a slip?
Would jws have this same exciting sight at an assembly?
***w79 3/1 p. 30 A City That Jehovah Guarded *** It must have been an exciting sight to view the colorful procession of two large thanksgiving choirs singing as they marched around the top of the wall.—Neh. 10:32–11:2; 12:27-39.
10, 11. What shows that early Christians used music
10 Music was also used in worship by
the early Christians. Of course, first-century
worshippers met, not in tabernacles or in
temples, but in private homes. Because of
persecution and other factors, the conditions
under which they met were often less
than favorable. Still, those Christians did
praise God in song.
Early Christians meet in private homes…where were the KHs in their day, why none? How many KHs were there before 1935?
*** jv chap. 20 p. 319 Building Together on a Global Scale ***
The name Kingdom Hall was suggested in 1935 by J. F. Rutherford, who was then president of the Watch Tower Society. In connection with the Society’s branch facilities in Honolulu, Hawaii, he arranged for the brothers to construct a hall where meetings could be held. When James Harrub asked what Brother Rutherford was going to call the building, he replied: "Don’t you think we should call it ‘Kingdom Hall,’ since that is what we are doing, preaching the good news of the Kingdom?" Thereafter, where possible, halls regularly being used by the Witnesses gradually began to be identified by signs that said "Kingdom Hall." Thus, when the London Tabernacle was renovated in 1937-38, it was renamed Kingdom Hall.
11 The apostle Paul exhorted his Christian
brothers in Colossae: “Keep on . . . admonishing
one another with psalms, praises
to God, spiritual songs with graciousness.”
(Col. 3:16) After Paul and Silas were thrown
into prison, they began “praying and praising
God with song,” although they had no
songbook to follow. (Acts 16:25) If you were
thrown into prison, how many of our Kingdom
songs would you be able to sing from
I wonder how many jws know the songs well enough to sing them without a songbook like Paul and Silas? I’m sure that the early Christians did not have songbooks, how many could read even, memorization was the only way? I wonder if they composed new songs or sang the old ones in the OT? How many jws practice the songs…how many know how many books are in the Bible (66)? How many can name the 12 apostles or the 9 fruitages of the spirit without a WT publication or bible?
12. How can we show appreciation for our Kingdom
12 Since music has an honorable place in
our worship, we do well to ask ourselves:
‘Do I show proper appreciation for it? Do I
Do my best to arrive at meetings, assemblies,
and conventions in time to join my brothers
and sisters in the opening song, and then do
I sing out with feeling? Do I encourage my
children not to view the song between the
Theocratic Ministry School and the Service
Meeting or the one between the public talk
and the Watchtower Study as a sort of intermission,
an opportunity for them to leave
their seats unnecessarily, perhaps just to
stretch their legs?’ Singing is part of our
worship. Yes, whether we are ‘experts’ or
‘learners,’ all of us can—and should—unite
our voices to Jehovah’s praise.—Compare
2 Corinthians 8:12.
If you can’t miss the songs, how do you find time to go to the restroom…go during the announcements. Do children have the problem, or do adults? Can you imagine how petty this is to waste a paragraph chastising parents for not singing the song….songs that no one can sing well? What song would they be missing, the middle one….what a sin!
Changing Times, Changing Needs
13, 14. What value is there in singing out wholeheartedly
during congregation meetings? Illustrate.
13 More than 100 years ago, Zion’s Watch
Tower explained one of the reasons why our
Kingdom songs are so important. It stated:
“The singing of the truth is a good way to
get it into the heads and hearts of God’s people.”
Many of the lyrics of our songs are tied
to passages of Scripture, so learning the
words of at least some of the songs can be an
excellent way to sound down the truth into
our hearts. Often, a first-time visitor to our
meetings has been deeply moved by the
heartfelt singing of the congregation.
So what words, God’s or the WTS, are being put into the heads of their members? Did you ever have a first-time visitor be moved by singing at a KH? What do they think they are, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Could not find an experience on the WT-CD.
14 One evening in 1869, C. T. Russell was
returning home from work when he heard
singing coming from a basement
hall. At that time in
his life, he had despaired of
ever finding the truth about
God. So he had decided to
devote himself to his business
interests, reasoning that
if he made some money, he
would at least be able to address
the physical needs of
people even if he could not
help them spiritually. Brother
Russell entered the dusty,
dingy hall and found that religious
services were being
held there. He sat down and
listened. He later wrote that what he heard
that night “was sufficient, under God, to reestablish
[his] wavering faith in the divine
inspiration of the Bible.” Notice that it was
the singing that initially attracted Brother
Russell to the meeting.
So the WTS has to go back to 1869 to find an experience of a first-time visitor being influenced by religious singing…and it was not members of the WTS either later Bible Students or jws.
15. What refinements in understanding made a revision
of the songbook advisable?
15 As time passes, refinements are made in
our understanding of the Scriptures. Proverbs
4:18 says: “The path of the righteous
ones is like the bright light that is getting
lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.”
Increased light inevitably leads
to adjustments in the way in which we ‘sing
the truth.’ For the past 25 years, Jehovah’s
Witnesses in many lands have enjoyed using
the songbook entitled Sing Praises to Jehovah.*
In the years since that book was first
published, the light has been getting brighter
on a number of topics, and some of the
expressions used in that songbook have become
outdated. For example, we no longer
speak of “the new order” but of “the new
world.” And we now state that Jehovah’s
name will be “sanctified,” not “vindicated.”
Clearly, from a doctrinal standpoint, there
has been a need to bring our songbook up-to-
*The entire collection of 225 songs was available in
over 100 languages.
So why were the expressions wrong…from the Bible or men? What is wrong with “the new order” and why is “the new world” correct. Until when did the WTS use “the new order” in its publications? When did the WTS stop saying God’s name would be sanctified not vindicated and what was wrong doctrinally? Did you know that Rutherford peppered his writings with vindicating God’s name to support his newly selected name for members of the WTS, Jehovah’s witnesses.
New Order = frequent use started in 1962
New World = frequent use started in 1987 (adjusted for the New World Translation)
Name vindicated = Note the WTS does not pinpoint when this changed and except for this comment, there is no article. If you look through Rutherford’s books almost every page has a statement about vindicating God’s name, starting in 1931 when the WTS adopted the name Jehovah’s witnesses. Rutherford was trying to put the Bible Students behind him.
By 1980 the WTS had made the transfer to “sanctifying God’s name.”
***w95 5/15 p. 25 par. 17 Part 2—Flashes of Light—Great and Small ***Similarly, for a long time, Witnesses spoke of the vindication of Jehovah’s name. But had Satan called Jehovah’s name into question? For that matter, had any of Satan’s agents done so, as if Jehovah did not have a right to that name? No, not at all. It was not the name of Jehovah that was challenged and that needed to be vindicated. That is why the Watch Tower Society’s recent publications do not speak of Jehovah’s name as being vindicated. They speak of Jehovah’s sovereignty as being vindicated and of his name as being sanctified. This is in keeping with what Jesus told us to pray: “Let your name be sanctified.” (Matthew 6:9) Time and again, Jehovah said that he was going to sanctify his name, which the Israelites had not challenged but had profaned.—Ezekiel 20:9, 14, 22; 36:23.
Did they finally eliminate “present truth”? Although this phrase had been dropped with the advent of the NWT and change in terminology, it could still be found in the 1984 songbook in song 91. Wasn’t it necessary in 1984 to update the terminology?
16. How will our new songbook help us to follow
Paul’s counsel found at Ephesians 5:19?
16 For that and other reasons, the Governing
Body approved the publication of a
new songbook entitled Sing to Jehovah. The
number of songs in our new book has been
reduced to 135. Because there are fewer
songs to learn, it should be possible for us to
memorize the lyrics of at least some of the
new songs. This is in harmony with Paul’s
counsel recorded at Ephesians 5:19.—Read.
225 to 135—less to learn, how many jws didn’t know the 225 from the songbook released in 1984? Jws hadn’t memorized the songs from the 1984 edition?
You Can Show Your Appreciation
17. What thoughts can help us overcome the fear of
embarrassment where congregation singing is concerned?
17 Should we allow fear of embarrassment
to prevent us from singing out at Christian
meetings? Look at it this way: Where the
spoken word is concerned, is it not true that
“we all stumble many times”? (Jas. 3:2)
Yet, we do not allow our less-than-perfect
speech to prevent us from praising Jehovah
from house to house. Why, then, should
our imperfect singing voices prevent us
from praising God in song? Jehovah, who
“appointed a mouth for man,” is pleased to
listen as we use our voices to sing his praises.
Fear of embarrassment…from singing badly written songs, yes. What a non-honor to God! More chastisement for not singing….why did the singing get worse?
PICTURE: Do you discourage your children from leaving
their seat unnecessarily during the song?
18. Give suggestions for learning the lyrics of the
18 The CDs entitled Sing to Jehovah—Vocal
Renditions have been made available in a
number of languages. They feature beautiful
orchestral and choral renderings of the
new songs. The musical arrangements make
for most enjoyable listening. Listen to them
often; in that way you will soon learn the
lyrics of at least some of our new songs.
The lyrics of many of the songs have
been composed in such a way that
when you sing one line, you will almost
be able to anticipate what
comes next. So when you play the
CDs, why not try to sing along
with the chorus? If you get well acquainted
with the lyrics and the music at home, you will no
doubt be able to sing out more confidently
at the Kingdom Hall.
Do the elders have the songs played so loud that the audience can’t hear the music? The CDs are enjoyable because no one is singing on them…are the new songs designed for singing, not every song is. Why can you anticipate…if you never heard it before. Jws play the CDs at home?!
I wonder how congregations sing at KHs with quite a few Bethelites…near Wallkill and Patterson? My experience was that it was no better.
19. What steps are involved in preparing orchestral
renditions of our Kingdom songs?
19 It is easy to take for granted the musical
accompaniment that we enjoy at our special
assembly days, circuit assemblies, and district
conventions. A lot of work is involved
in its preparation. After the music has been
selected, orchestral arrangements must be
carefully written for the 64-member Watchtower
orchestra to play. The musicians then
spend countless hours reviewing the material
that they will rehearse and finally record
at our studios in Patterson, New York.
Ten of these brothers and sisters live outside
the United States. All count it a privilege to
share in providing beautiful music for our
theocratic events. We can show our appreciation
for their loving efforts. When the
chairman at our assemblies and conventions
invites us to do so, let us take our seats
promptly and listen quietly to the music
that has been so lovingly prepared.
So how much time have the jws who do the arrangements and play in the orchestra take away from field service, meeting attendance, and personal study, the reasons given for ending assembly/convention orchestras.
When you look around at the assemblies/conventions who are the ones still talking during the songs….elders and their wives, the so-called spiritually mature. Do the brothers in the administration room pull out their songbooks and sing…not that I ever noticed when I worked in that area?
20. What are you determined to do?
20 Jehovah takes note of our songs of
praise. They are important to him. We can
make his heart glad by singing out with all
our heart whenever we meet for worship.
Yes, whether we are experts or learners, let
us “sing to Jehovah”!—Ps.104:33.
This is a one-note article; the rank and file are not singing, not even like they used to. The GB/FDS/WTS are making this one big flog.
PICTURE: Are you learning the lyrics
of our new songs at home?
What Do You Think?
What examples from Bible times
show that music has an important
role in our worship?
What connection do you see between
obeying Jesus’ command
recorded at Matthew 22:37 and
sharing wholeheartedly in singing
What are some ways in which we
can show proper appreciation for
our Kingdom songs?
Next week: TAKE REFUGE IN THE NAME OF JEHOVAH (NOT JESUS)