Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. Psalms 150: 2-6

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I know my title THE DEAN of HAMMOND depicts me as a Hammond expert, and I accept that. I really would like to address church worship as a whole and its impacts in ministry. The notion of its importance over the word of God is just that , a notion. The music ministry is an enhancement to the worship service keeping in mind it is just that service. The fact of being paid as a musician is nothing new, it goes back at least to king David; the most important part is to whom the Glory is given. The Almighty God is to receive all the Glory, all the Honor and the Praise in our worship service/church service. The musician is an instrument of praise just as the piano, organ, drums etc. The difference is the musician can transcend the natural and move into the spiritual where God receives it. The worship leaders/musicians must be with one accord moving by the Holy Spirit, just as in the ministering of the written word of God by the Pastor or Preacher. Pray with one another that the anointing and peace of God fills your hearts, your minds, your rehearsals as well as your worship service. I will be talking about different topics, even that of buying and selling of piano, organ, and stage pianos and whatever questions that may arise.


  1. This is beautiful. A good Hammond can contribute greatly to healing the sick, ushering in peace, casting out evil spirits, and a list of other things. A bad Hammond, one that needs to be replaced, can contribute to vexing the musician, and that will come out in the playing, hindering the service. People will wonder what's wrong...musicians need good Hammond's or good instruments period. It appears the "thriving" churches have good organs - whether brand new or used, they keep them in good working condition, if that means replacing it if the musician keeps telling the leadership it's not working as it should and the repair man is visiting every three months. King Saul is a prime example of what a sweet sound can do:

    16:23 So whenever the spirit from God would come upon Saul, David would take his lyre and play it. This would bring relief to Saul and make him feel better. Then the evil spirit would leave him alone...

  2. Well spoken. Musicians are merely vessels God uses to help facilitate meaningful worship experiences. Too often, leaders and even parishioners, can't fathom the level of skill, dedication, seeking, and pray required in preparation for worship. Hopefully, musicians (and vocalists) have already sent time in pray and seeking God's presence. Still, it's our responsibility as musicians to never forget our gifting was not shared for our personal glory.