Resources by Music

The immeasurable significance of Holy Week is perhaps best attested by the amount of space given to recording its events in the gospels. From a total of 89 chapters in the four gospel accounts, 29 chapters are devoted to describing what Jesus said and did from Palm Sunday to Easter. Not only this, but each gospel is composed so the reader can clearly understand that there is an inexorable movement…

Feb 28

Westminster Brass

A Brass Quintet Performing for the Glory of God

In celebration of a ministry that has spanned forty-three years, Westminster Brass, in our final season, will present a “Concert of Thanksgiving” at Tenth Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 2:00 PM. We are truly thankful for God’s blessing on our ministry these many years and for all of the friends and acquaintances we have made during our time together. It is out of our affection for God…

“Their plane is missing.” It was the end of June in 1989, and I was reveling in the joy and excitement of having just graduated from the Curtis Institute the month before. Earlier that day I had played an organ concert at Wanamaker’s (now Macy’s) and a guest at the organ console asked me if I knew the whereabouts of Keith Chapman and his wife Sally. Keith was the head…

“Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into His presence with singing!” Psalm 100:2

Music has a vital role in the life of Tenth Presbyterian Church. We use vocal and instrumental music to worship God together, to grow in the Christian faith, and to give witness of that faith to the world. The Bible clearly portrays God’s people as a singing people. Theologians such as Augustine and…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God —Colossians 3:16.

Singing biblical truth with thankfulness is at the heart of Christian worship. Musical praise is nothing less than singing the truth about God, which he has given us in his Word…

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas,and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. —Mark 15:15

If grace is "unmerited favor," then perhaps there is no clearer illustration in Scripture than the exchange of Jesus for Barabbas. The gospels variously identify Barabbas as a robber, an insurrectionist, and a murderer, a combination of crimes which we often associate today with…

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was…

 

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. (Luke 2:16–18)

The people who heard the shepherds’ testimony were filled with wonder. Wonder is a sense of…

I grew up a fan of the “Broad Street Bullies,” the great Philadelphia Flyers teams of the 1970’s. My school friends and I spent entirely too much time pouring over accounts of their reign of terror; names like “Moose” Dupont and Dave “The Hammer” Schultz still evoke images of bloodied men staggering off the ice. While the individual hockey fights fascinated me, nothing got me going more than a bench-clearing…

As we reflect and meditate on the events of Holy Week and Easter we are reminded that the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is the central focus of our Christian faith. The music we offer in praise of our Lord is especially meaningful and powerful at this time of year, encompassing a wide array of emotional and spiritual depth. Join us for the following…