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Book Review: Sing! by Keith and Kristyn Getty 

54fb4c86797d7535b4bc752692eb7aRecently we thought about how we should ‘Be Worshippers’, and one of the things that we do when we worship together is sing! It’s a crucial part of our corporate worship, and so it is important to consider why and what we sing. This book is a useful tool to help us find out what the Bible says about singing and help us use song as a means of glorifying God and encouraging one another both on a Sunday morning and throughout the week.

This book aims to protect us from simply ‘going through the motions’ when we sing; instead it strives to help us to engage our hearts and minds when we sing. It challenges our view that singing is something for ‘me’ to enjoy and shows us how Biblical singing can declare God’s greatness, strengthen the church and be a witness to the world.

The book starts by giving three reasons why we should sing. It talks about how we are created to sing. God has designed us to be able to sing and to enjoy the beauty and creativity of music. Secondly, we are commanded throughout the Bible to sing. In the same way as we are told to pray and read our Bibles, we are commanded to sing because it is good for us, as we point each other to Jesus. The third reason is that we are compelled to sing because of what Jesus has done for us. Of all the people on earth – haven’t we got the greatest reason to sing?! 

The second half of the book goes into more detail about how singing can have a positive impact on different areas of our lives – our personal spiritual lives, our families, our fellow believers, and non-believers. Singing gospel truths continually lifts our eyes to Jesus and reminds us of our unity to Christ and community with one another. God can use our singing as a witness, to engage  the hearts of those who don’t yet know Him.

Admittedly I am someone who enjoys singing anyway, but this book has had a big impact on me. I have been challenged to keep teaching my children songs filled with gospel truth that will stay with them for years to come. Singing together in church on a Sunday brings me greater joy as I am reminded of the gospel and that we are a family. I have been prompted to pray that as we sing, others will wonder at the hope we have as Christians and will want that hope for themselves.

Some of you may love singing; others of you less so. Either way I would encourage you to read this book because understanding what the Bible says about singing will help you love God more. As the book says:

“We do not worship the created art of singing; we worship Him. Don’t sing primarily because you love singing or keep quiet because you do not. Sing because you love Him who made you, and formed you and enables you to sing”.

Whatever you sound like, we have a great God who is worthy of our praise and loves to hear us sing.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts, 25/07/2019
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We are a growing family of Christians, committed to sharing the good news about Jesus, loving one another and loving our community in Pontprennau/Pentwyn, and beyond.

We'd love you to come and visit us for one of our Sunday meetings. Here are some answers to common questions, to help you know what to expect when you visit:

   

Where & when do you meet?

We meet every Sunday at 10am for our Sunday meeting in Pontprennau Primary School. If you are planning to visit for the first time you are welcome to send us a note to office@bridgechurchcardiff.org so that we can guarantee you a space and give you a warm welcome.  It helps to get there 15 minutes early to get a parking spot and find your seat in time for the meeting to start. Parking spaces are limited so please park considerately. We meet at:

Pontprennau Primary School

Heol Pontprennau

Cardiff

CF23 8LL

  

What can I expect on a Sunday?

Our meetings are currently being managed in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidance.  As a result some of the activities listed below are restricted or look slightly different.  However, we can  assure you or a warm welcome and an informal, family feel despite the restrictions that may be in place when you visit.

You will be welcomed at the door, where we can answer any questions you might have and direct you to where you need to go. The service will last about 60 minutes and will 
include Bible reading, prayer and a sermon during which the Bible reading is explained. 

Tea and coffee are served after the service - there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. Click here for more information.   

What happens to the kids?

We have a programme for Children and Young People during the morning service. Children will leave the main service  when announced by the service leader. 

Creche (up to 3 years). Led by our Crèche team, the youngest in our congregation enjoy a time of Bible stories, singing, craft and play.

Sunday School (reception to Year 6). Our Sunday School team lead the children as they learn about God from the Bible through videos, activities, games, and craft. 

Youth (years 7-13). Our young people stay in the service and meet afterwards to discuss and apply the sermon together with one of the youth leaders.

For more information, click here.

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes. 

Will I have to join in?

Not at all! You are very welcome to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.   

I have more questions, how can I ask them?

Please feel free to contact us, or speak to one of the leaders or welcome team on a Sunday morning.