Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Praising Jesus with fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bass

Macedonia Baptist Church, the congregation that meets out north of Rolla on Old Highway 63, holds onto the traditional rural church music, and that's one of the many reasons I attend there as often as I can.
Unlike so many so-called modern, progressive congregations, Macedonia sings out of the Baptist Hymnal and usually we sing every verse of every song at the morning worship service. Sometimes in the evening services, our song leader will ask for "favorites" and people will call out songs that we sing just one verse of, so we can sing a lot of different songs.
We don't have a praise and worship team. We don't have an orchestra or chorus.
We do have a bluegrass band. Our pastor and his wife sing a bluegrass song just about every Sunday night, he playing a doghouse bass and she leading on guitar.
This month we also started a bluegrass gospel music series that will continue on second Sunday night of each month.
Opening this series was The Ozark Alliance.
If you ever get a chance to hear them, do so. It's a family band, a mom and dad and two teen-agers. The 15-year-old girl was the emcee and played fiddle and mandolin. She's proficient on both. I'm very critical of fiddle playing, because it's a difficult instrument and when not played perfectly, it sounds terrible. She was great.
The 17-year-old son has a great bluegrass voice and is a mighty fine guitarist.
The mother played bass and sang and the dad played banjo and sang. Both are solid musicians, too.
But it's the kids that are the attraction in this band. That, and the sincere performances of songs that worship and celebrate our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Go see them if you get a chance.
And come worship with us any Sunday morning or evening at Macedonia Baptist Church.

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