Our worship music aims to be…
We regularly sing ancient Hebrew psalms—the same ones Israel sang thousands of years ago! We do this not only because they are inspired, but for how they balance and focus our spirituality in the midst of life’s joys and sorrows. Also, we sing hymns derived explicitly from Scripture and sound doctrine.
Our selections are served—not enslaved—by tradition. We believe incorporating lyrics and tunes from every century of Christian history (not just the last twenty years) enriches our musical palette and, more importantly, imparts a precious sense continuity and perspective with God’s people throughout the ages.
Becoming “all things to all people” (1 Cor 9:22) doesn’t mean worship music has to appeal equally to everyone’s tastes. Imagine a service that combines every conceivable genre—we wouldn’t blame you for not coming back! Neither should our corporate praise cater to one age group or demographic, since Christ’s Body includes young and old from all different backgrounds.
We believe the most widely-accessible style, and most suited to helping diverse people enter God’s holy presence, remains congregation-lead singing with limited, traditional accompaniment. Those coming from other settings may need some adjusting. That’s okay! We think you’ll come to love it.
Trinity Psalter Hymnal
This hymnal was a joint effort by the United Reformed Churches of North America (URCNA) and the Orthodox Presbyerian Church (OPC) to combine many of the best representations of our two traditions into a unified whole.
A Musical Introduction to the Trinity Psalter Hymnal - Dr. Timothy Shafer, Musicologist
Preparing our Hearts, Minds, Voices, and Fingers for Worship - Timothy and Lou Ann Shafer, Musicologist and Music Editor
Why We Also Sing Hymns - Dr. Alan Strange, Co-Editor
Those with musical gifts have opportunities to bless the Body at PURC through seasonal choirs and occasional interludes.