As we are reminded in the preface of the current edition of the United Methodist Hymnal, the people called Methodists have been “a singing people” from our beginning.
Brothers John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist Movement, strongly supported the importance of music in our worship of God. Charles wrote over 600 hymns, many of which are still sung in churches of many denominations today.
In his “Directions for Singing” in our hymnal, John Wesley stated that everyone should sing joyfully regardless of the strength of their voice by concentrating on all the words in order to praise God and to receive the blessing it provides us.
In order to carry on these traditions, Harriman UMC offers numerous opportunities to participate in music for the worship of God.
The chancel choir is for adults who practice weekly to aid in leading all our worship services.This group also sings in other special services in our church and elsewhere throughout the year.
Music is one of the elements of our children’s and youth programs which meet Wednesday evenings.Both groups work to develop their voices and gain musical knowledge in order to add their contributions to our worship services.
Our worship is also enriched occasionally by others such as our young adult tone chime group and by instrumental music provided by people in our congregation who play a variety of instruments for solos or small ensembles.