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Recently we have started to attend a new church. This 'new' church regularly has 'special music' (at least one each week). My initial thought when visiting was 'Is Special Music still valid for current Worship Services?'
If you're younger and don't know what special music is, it is basically a solo or ensemble piece that is included in the 'body' of the worship service.
Although I've been involved in a church for several years that has only had 'special music' on a very rare occasion (possibly during Advent or Good Friday) it was a bit of getting used to again. This wasn't in a bad way, just re-aclimating myself to having music that I wasn't always participating in (i.e. I wasn't singing). For some that just doesn't make sense - why would you have music that isn't 'congregational'; however, having this as a regular part of worship now for a number of weeks I can say that I've been reminded that some times we just need to 'be still and know', and sometimes that 'knowing' comes through just listening.