Music is an integral part of the life of the Scottish Episcopal Church… the combination of music used in our liturgies, whether it be songs we sing ourselves, songs we hear sung, or instrumental music played – all of these combine to bring life to our liturgies and spiritual nourishment.
There is a great variety of music being used in our churches… from the beauty of ancient plainsong to choral anthems written this century… from ancient hymns to worship songs… from texts that are centuries old to texts from some of the finest hymn writers of the 20th and 21st centuries… from Scottish metrical psalms to songs from the global church… all find their place in seeking to enrich our worship.
Likewise, a variety of instruments are used in our churches… many have fine pipe organs that are played every week, others have a variety of instrumental ensembles that lead worship, and some use a combination of both. These and various choirs, singing groups and cantors enable many to contribute to the worshipping life of the church.
Whether it is a regular Sunday service, or one of life’s special moments – a baptism, a marriage or a funeral – in all of these, the music we use plays a crucial part in drawing us together as a church community, and in drawing us into the nearer presence of God.