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【敬拜與音樂】會眾歌唱的核心信念

 

會眾歌唱﹝Congregational Singing﹞理應是教會裡面最重要的事工之一。這個事工不是可有可無,而是每一信徒必需參與的。有人曾經說過,會眾唱歌是教會屬靈健康良好與否的溫度計。我們傾聽一間教會的會眾歌唱便能夠了解這教會的屬靈健康。

會眾歌唱並不是講道之前的熱身,更不是用來自我淘醉發洩的工具。會眾歌唱是會眾最能直接參與並同心表達崇拜頌讚的時刻﹐這更是會眾齊聲見証信仰的時刻。正如歌羅西書 3:16所說:「當用各樣的智慧,把基督的道理豐豐富富地存在心裡,用詩章、頌詞、靈歌彼此教導,互相勸誡,心被恩感歌頌神。」

會眾除了向上帝唱歌,更加可以互相傾聽、互相教導、及互相勸誡。另外更重要的,會眾在歌唱期間把上帝的道理豐豐富富地存在心裡。所以音樂是一種乘具,乘載了基督的道。

領唱者的職責

聖經記載在擔任音樂事奉的角色中有領唱的、有詠唱的及有作伶長的(即現今的詩班長或音樂部長)。他們的職份就是在神面前歌唱,帶領人讚美神,是一個重要而且是榮耀的事奉!我們身為領詩者﹐我們接受這職事,就需要認真的準備。

龍維欣牧師在《崇拜領詩和選詩指引》一文中提出了領唱者的職責,他認為領唱者是一位:

敬拜者:需於聚會事前在聖靈引導下作好充足的準備, 以致在領詩時不會分心。唯有全心敬拜的人,才可以帶領別人敬拜。

編劇:精心安排詩歌的主題和詩歌的連貫性。

導遊:熱心地幫助會眾經歷詩歌中那寶貴和豐富的歷程。

代禱者:誠心為會眾代禱, 為他們能預備好自己來朝拜主而代禱。|

鼓勵者:啟發弟兄姐妹的心思,讓他們自主地投入,而不是硬要他們盲目地跟隨領唱者的的指示去唱。

僕人:本著作主的僕人的心態,在職份上謙卑地和忠誠地事奉主和服事弟兄姊妹。無論是會前的準備、聚會時的帶領與果效, 都常存僕人的心態去面對。

會眾歌唱的核心信念

究竟甚麼是會眾歌唱的核心信念?我們有什麼樣的信念,便決定了我們如何通過會眾的歌唱來表達自己。以下是筆者嘗試列出《會眾歌唱的核心信念》:

我相信:好的會眾歌唱是從挑選有質素和適合的聖詩開始﹝選擇詩歌時,重視頭腦並且情參與。歌詞內容合乎聖經的真理和教導?配合主題?音樂質素?歌詞的神學意識﹞。

我相信:會眾是教會最重要的一個詩班﹝雖然詩班是很重要的合唱團,但它只不過是第二個詩班。我們有責任讓每一個會眾參與並且變成為第一個詩班。﹞

我相信:預先讓司琴知道我對詩歌的要求和處理﹝讓司琴熟習詩歌的旋律、和聲、節奏和強弱處理。﹞

我相信:領詩者必須精心準備如何領導會眾歌唱的這首歌﹝我們有責任預先讓司琴知道我對詩歌的要求和處理。我們需要學習新和舊的詩。另外,我們需要運用不同的技術使唱詩更有生氣。如果我們需要簡要介紹一首讚美詩,我們將做好充分的準備。﹞

我相信:排練時間是我們預備作聖工的時候﹝我們有責任預先和司琴安排時間一起演習。我們有責任去學習聖詩學和聖詩故事。﹞

我相信:領詩者的首要任務乃是領導會眾唱詩﹝我們領導會眾唱詩並不是展示我們的才華。我們最重要的任務是讓會眾一起唱歌。﹞

我相信:教會音樂事奉是一種終身的幸福。﹝神用我唱的詩歌使我在屬靈方面有進步。神使我的生活可以為祂作好見證。﹞

我相信:領詩者是神的僕人,而我們的工作是一種神聖的工作﹝我們是崇拜的領導者並且我們是音樂的使者,更重要的是我們有積極的態度希望神用詩歌鼓勵我們作一個忠心的僕人﹞

結語

領唱者需要掌握靈命與技巧兩者間的平衡。在音樂事工中服事時,我們需要不斷追求卓越。教會音樂的訓練不是一朝一夕可以成功的,需要大家長期的努力!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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