JOY OF MAKING MUSIC (Congregational Singing)

Singing is an important part of the life of almost any church. In the article below, Rev. Deacon Tanis Kolisnyk, who is both deacon and organist at Saint Philip’s gives some of the reasons for why that is. She then goes on to talk about some of the techniques that help make it easier for anyone to join in with congregational singing. Singing is meant for everyone, and these tips will be helpful for everyone. Enjoy.

THE JOY OF MAKING MUSIC (Congregational Singing)
Rev. Deacon Tanis Kolisnyk

Congregational singing can be so rich when it is thoughtfully integrated into worship and used to enhance the sacraments and proclamation of the scripture. I believe the voice to be the most sacred instrument. I also believe choral music to have unmatched expressive potential. The Pipe Organ for me is close behind but it is hard to take the Pipe Organ on a trip with you, or to the lake.

Our individual voices are a gift from God, but when we sing God’s praises collectively,

this is one way we can give thanks to God for his many blessings in our lives. All of you

who worship here at St. Philip’s regularly know the power that congregational

singing can add to our worship services.

Joyful trumpets
On special occasions such as Easter St. Philip’s Congregation singing has often been enhanced by the addition of trumpet music form Tanis’s son Nick Kolisnyk (l), and Michael Minor, our Rector’s Warden (r).

Biblical Precepts of Congregational Singing:

In Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16, Christians were commanded to sing to one

another. Both the Prophet and Apostles make it clear that we are to sing praises.


Jesus and His apostles sang a hymn following the Last Supper in Matthew 26:30. Heavenly Beings fill heaven with their praises – Revelations 5:9-14; 7:9-12. Continue reading