Face the Music
Well, actually, just don't skip the music.
I arrived to church late (not for the first time). No big deal, I thought; I'll just miss the singing, some/most/all.
This time I had worship foremost in mind. It dawned on me that I was missing the main part of the service. By de-emphasizing the singing I was losing a major part of what I came for that day.
Thankfully, we then sang "Blessed Be The Tie That Binds" after communion, and then "Come and Behold Him" after that.
I our culture, we've reduced the gathering of Believers to a brief concert combined with a motivational message and some public announcements. That's not how it's supposed to go.
To be sure, the original meeting involved music and message, but also real fellowship and corporate worship. But it wasn't passive. It was involved and connected. This is what we need.
Face it: that music is important. Don't skip it. Engage.
-- R; <><