A Rich History of Congregational Singing
Different churches use music in various ways. Some have the traditional organ or piano, some have singers who make up the choir, some have more modern sounding bands, but we choose to worship by having everyone sing together acapella (unaccompanied by instruments). This has become popularized in recent years by singing groups like Pentatonix or movies like "Pitch Perfect." It is actually one of the oldest forms of music and many of the earliest churches worshipped in this way. The word "acapella" actually comes from the term "as in the church" or "as in the chapel." In the passages of the New Testament which speak of music in worship, only singing is mentioned (as in Matthew 26:30 or Colossians 3:16).
While the various forms of music used throughout Christianity over the centuries are beautiful and rich in and of themselves, we have found that the simplest and most engaging way to share in worship together is through congregational singing. No one needs to be good at playing instruments. Not everyone even needs to be good at singing. We believe God is listening to our hearts (Ephesians 5:19).
Don't want to join in? You don't have to, but we would also encourage you not to be afraid to. In times and cultures of the past, music was something people made together as they lived, as the worked, and as they played. While I love a great band as much as anyone else, we lost something with the professionalizing of music that came about with radio. Now, we listen to music instead of collectively create it. At the Winnsboro Church of Christ, the way we simply sing in our worship services may harken back to a different time, but it joins us all together in harmony before our creator who gave us our voices in the first place. If the mood strikes you, join us (whether you can read music or not). There is nothing else like it.