The Joy of Serving God With Music and Worship

 Vince Treadway, ACM Founder

This past season was remarkable for ACM for several reasons. We doubled in membership, and we sponsored several stimulating and enjoyable luncheon discussions on topics such as “Whatever Happened to Hymns” and “Raising the Bar: Using Professional Musicians in Worship.” We also sponsored two Messiah Sings
where hundreds gathered to enjoy singing together at The Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, Pennsylvania, and Evangelical Presbyterian Church in
Newark, Delaware.

In February, we held a Handbell Festival that featured world-renowned artist Christine Anderson and attracted 80 ringers. In March, we inaugerated our first Church Music Symposium that headlined author/theologian Marva Dawn and organist Sophie Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. Throughout the season, our members and friends have been inspired with new ideas and musical experiences and have had several opportunities for fellowship and sharing their ideas about worship and how we can better do what we do. The highlight of the Church Music Symposium for me was the clear and challenging thoughts shared by Marva Dawn. What became more evident to me after hearing Marva speak was our need to balance our worship with the new and old, known and unknown, locally relevant and globally aware, while still striving for excellence. Yet, we need to allow everyone an opportunity to use his or her gifts to worship God in mentally challenging and spiritually invigorating ways. What a challenge is this encompassing approach and how we need to call for help from the Lord to guide us as we, in turn, lead our churches in worship!

Our prayer at ACM is that its members and friends will continue “pressing toward the mark” and striving for excellence, as together we grow in service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Wouldn’t you like to join us in this quest? The path is open to you to be a part of our journey, as together, through the gift of music, we worship our great God and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord.