Ministries: Music

Our goal of worship at Hampton Falls First Baptist is to present the God of the Bible with all His majesty, all His attributes, all His holiness, and all His grace in order that our hearts might be led in awe to brokenness, repentance, obedience, and satisfaction in all that God is and has provided for His people.

The music that we share on Sunday mornings and at other church gatherings, reflects this outlook. We delight in inviting the Lord’s presence to be with us as we share in hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs. We acknowledge that God is the only audience of our worship; He first gives us the gifts to make music together, and we present those gifts as a testimony to His amazing grace.

Our vibrant music ministry would not exist without the hard work, dedication, and support of the church body. If you are a church member, please be in prayer for our ministry, and consider the ways in which you can support our efforts. If you are considering church membership, please contact a musician or church staff member for more information on the many opportunities for musical involvement within the church body.

You’ll find more information on our church’s worship philosophy on the link above. Also, please peruse the short descriptions of our music ministry opportunities here at First Baptist. We would love to have you involved in the music ministry!

"Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified." -A.W. Tozer

Ellen Pond
Music Director

Philosophy of Music at HFFBC

The goal of Worship at Hampton Falls: To present the God of the Bible with all His majesty, all His attributes, all His holiness, and all His grace in order that our hearts might be led in awe to brokenness, repentance, obedience, and satisfaction in all that God is and has provided for His people.

Strategy:

I. Worship leaders will recognize, understand and assume a variety of responsibilities

A. While none can ever attempt to approach God or leadership based on personal merit, there is great responsibility to lead from a heart that is broken, humble, and dependent on the Holy Spirit. Therefore, each musician must be a follower of Jesus Christ and display visible fruit, including fruit of the Spirit, moral and ethical behavior as defined by the Scriptures, involvement with Spiritual disciplines, and regular church attendance.

B. Worship leaders will understand the importance of their own preparation Spiritually, mentally and physically.

C. They will recognize that the audience of worship is God alone

D. They will encourage and support congregational participation

E. They will make a conscious effort to avoid drawing attention to themselves visually-entertainment is not appropriate for woship

F. They will take particular care to allow for smooth transitions within the context of the worship service

II. Worship leaders will recognize that the experience of worship is ultimately the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's heart

A. The worshipper must bear responsibility to prepare themselves; the leaders must feel free to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit prior to and during a worship service, and the Lord must get the glory

III. Our intent for worship is that all would sense they are in the presence of the majesty of God

A. We can work to this end by articulating in a manner that is clear, concise, dignified and purposeful before, during and after the worship service

IV. It is our intention in our overall worship plans, to reflect revealed truths of God and provdie conviction, comfort, direction, assurance, mystery, and instruction

A. Explanations will be provided either in print or by way of introduction to more clearly articulate the less obvious truths to bring a clearer understanding of those truths, for the purpose of maintaining an atmosphere of worship

B. Music inserts will be provided whenever possible to encourage and assist those that prefer to read the music

V. Music must be able to be defended theologically, in terms of text, musical affect and form

A. The texts of worship must be orthodox

B. The text and affect of the music will be carefully selected to bring about thematic and theological cohesiveness in the context of worship

C. Selection of music will be based on musical genre, harmonic language, rhythms, and musical instrumentation, all for the purpose of confirming and effectively conveying the meaning of a particular theme and theological truth

D. Music specified for corporate singing will be selected in terms of theme, textual depth, and ease in singing

VI. Familiar truths will be repeated over the course of the worship year in order to help a person to be able to articulate, defend, and be encouraged by their own faith

A. Such truths include: The Gospel, Confession of Sin, The Lord's Prayer, The Apostle's Creed, the first question fo the Heidelberg Catechism, the Doxology, Communion and Specific Hymns of Faith including: A Mighty Fortress, Jesus, What a Friend of Sinners, O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus, Holy, Holy, Holy, There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, When I Can See My Title Clear, If You Will Trust In God to Guide You, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, Blessed Assurance, How Firm a Foundation, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, There Is a Redeemer, How Deep the Father's Love For Us, And Can It Be That I Should Gain, It Is Well With My Soul, Day By Day and With Each Passing Moment, All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Now Thank We All Our God, Praise to the Lord the Almighty, Built On the Rock, God of the Ages...

VII. Worship leaders will be given the freedom to use their talents, creativity, and Spiritual gifts to lead all gathered worshippers to worship

A. With that freedom comes the responsibility to assist all worshippers to worship by following the Hampton Falls worship strategy

 

Music In Worship When we sing as a congregation, read from Scripture together, or participate in responsive reading, we recognize that important truths are being spoken, both to our Lord and to each other. We want to be in touch with these important words that we use during worship. Therefore, you will frequently see texts printed in your weekly bulletin for your meditation and participation. We hope that you’ll feel able to participate in worship, even when you might not be singing or reading. When things are unclear, the church staff will help by introducing or explaining the purposes of a particular activity.

We recognize that the experience of worship is ultimately the result of the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s heart. We encourage our congregation, both members and visitors, to prepare themselves by opening their minds and hearts to the act of worship, which revolves not around our wants and desires, but around our holy and eternal God.

Therefore, we offer our gifts and our devotion to the Creator through a variety of musical styles. Ancient, traditional, folk, non-Western, and modern musics are all potential vehicles for Scriptural truth, whether in the form of conviction, blessing, comfort, unification, or pure praise. The truth of God’s grace, Christ’s atoning work, and the ongoing power of the Holy Spirit is spoken in so many ways. We seek to recount the story of salvation each week by incorporating different styles rather than segregating them. Worship leaders are given the freedom to use their talents, creativity and spiritual gifts to lead the church body into worship. Of course, with that freedom comes the responsibility to humbly assist people in worship, not distract from it.

We pray, both that you will always be ministered to by the music you hear, and that you will also experience praise God through our music.

Participation:

Here are some of the many ways that our church members contribute to worship through music at HFFBC. Please prayerfully consider how you can offer your gifts and abilities as service to God at our church home! You may contact a music staff member directly or by email, or ask around at church for more information.

Sanctuary Choir:
Meets Sunday evenings, 5 to 6:45 p.m., and sings on Sunday morning in both the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.

We assist the congregation on group hymns and songs, and sing anthems for the purpose of expressing solid theological truths through beautiful musical settings that support the words of our corporate worship. All voices are welcome - no prior experience required. Come learn more about choral singing, while enjoying wonderful fellowship and taking a vital leadership role in worship! For more details, please contact the Music Director, Ellen Pond at x208.

Handbell Choir:
Meets Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

This group enriches our Sunday morning worship services quite often throughout the year, through ensemble pieces and assistance on many hymns. While working hard for Sundays, this group still makes time for playing concerts in the local community. Instruments include five octaves of Malmark handbells and four octaves of Malmark choirchimes. If anyone is interested in learning more about handbells or choirchimes or would like to sit in on a rehearsal, please feel free to contact Ellen Pond Director, at 926-3724 x208.

Instrumental Ensembles:

Do you play an instrument? More than one, even? We have a variety of ministry events that occur throughout the year, all venues where you can potentailly share your talents with others. Voice, strings (guitars included), woodwinds, brass, percussion or piano/organ, would all be appreciated. Please let us know! Contact Ellen Pond (see above) for more details.


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