Lord's Day weddings, classical composers and musicians, and worship...
(Tim) Thirty-some years ago in one of his "Out of My Mind" columns, Dad proposed that, given the attack upon the marriage institution across our culture, Christians make a clear break with the world when we give and receive marriage vows; and that the first step in making such a break might be to place Christian marriages back on the Lord's Day as was the practice of the Puritans and early Reformers.
Following Dad's recommendation, both Christ the Word and Church of the Good Shepherd have witnessed couples taking their vows on the Lord's Day and it's a practice I commend. The first couple to do so at one of our churches...was Kenneth and Melanie Tse who were married about fifteen years ago here in Bloomington. There are many benefits to returning weddings to the Lord's Day. Listing them will have to wait for some future post.
I simply wanted to mention that the man playing the saxophone in this clip is the same Kenneth Tse, and the piece he's performing, Concerto after Gliere, was written by David Canfield, an elder here at Church of the Good Shepherd and instructor in ClearNote Pastors College.
Readers should be reminded that we don't use electric guitars and drums because we lack the ability to do the highbrow Reformed aesthete thing. We've had all the trained voices, composers, pianists, organists, instrumentalists, and conductors a single malt drinking, Mashie Niblick waving, nicotine addict could dream of. But we believe Lord's Day worship is a time to honor God and preach the Gospel--not congratulate ourselves on our great taste, show our disdain for CCM, and parade pristine reproductions of the musical tongue of centuries past.
To claim the Regulative Principle mandates such musical reproductions, or that it condemns the replacement of the piano with the guitar (for instance), is an abuse of both the Regulative Principle and the Second Commandment from whence it cometh.