Praise and Worship services in the modern church, like sound preaching, has suffered a serious downgrade. Due to on-going apostasy in our world and a lack of sober-mindedness and holiness in the church, many excellent hymns and spiritual songs have been replaced with more contemporary rock sounding love songs.
Spiritual songs, in the past, were a means to both extol our Great Lord and help the church in meditating on biblical truths. Many of the old time psalters were in large part pure Scripture, with only a few alterations to allow for musical melody. We at Bytown Baptist Church feel that a return to such worship is critical and necessary.
Thanks to the wonderful ministry of Ron and Patti Vaillant (www.scripturesongs.com) who have set to music various portions of Scripture, every Lord's Day evening we sing these portions of Scripture, both to praise our God and to memorize the precious Words of our Lord. Our repertoire of Scripture Songs is ever increasing as we learn new melodies from other Christian sources, and some of the more musical brethren at Bytown Baptist have even authored their own songs.
We are told that the Bible is "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). It is also said that the Word of God is the incorruptible seed of the new birth (1 Peter 1:23). Can there be anything better than to use Scripture in our praise and worship service?