APPROPRIATE MUSIC AND USE OF INSTRUMENTS

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Principle

The desire to use a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles within a divine service is promoted and supported.  At this time, we need to keep within defined boundaries in terms of style and instrumentation used within a divine service. Over the past years, a lot of musical freedom has been given and it is our desire to inform and instruct how this needs to be kept from now into the future especially in terms of the divine service versus concert or outside the divine service. This is a liturgical item that, unilaterally, we are not permitted to change.

Instruction

From this date forward, until otherwise notified or authorized by the District Apostle, please review and heed to the following;
  • Music within a divine service is understood to be all music before, during and after (closing anthem/selection) the divine service.
  • Within a divine service, the following instrumentation may be utilized;
All classical orchestral instruments including;
  • Strings - violin, viola, cello, contrabass, harp, including acoustic guitar
  • Woodwinds - clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, English horn, saxophone (in a classical style), recorder
  • Brass - trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone horn, euphonium, tuba
  • Percussion - timpani, xylophone, piano, marimba, triangle, tubular bells, chimes, glockenspiel, bells (hand bells, hand chimes), cymblas (where warranted in a classical-style)
  • Organ
Within a divine service, the following instrumentation should not be utilized;
  • Drum Kits (sets) {including crash cymbal, floor tom, toms, bass drum, snare drum and hi-hat}
  • Electric guitar, electric bass guitar
  • Clapping, bass drum, maracas, shakers, castanets, gongs, congas, bongos, tambourine, cowbell
  • All other percussion including; Djembe, tabla, taiko, steelpans (drums), etc.
  • The contemporary worship style of utilizing Worship/Praise bands and the like (including all percussion instruments above) will be restricted to after a divine service (as part of a youth/children activity in the afternoon of a service for them) or a concert setting.
  • Dancing should not be included in any of our divine services or concert presentations unless culturally driven and approved by the Apostle.
  • All this being said, whenever any type of style of music is presented, it is the hope and desire that it is always presented in the form of the highest quality possible and not just to present something "different".

Appropriate Music Resources

All music before, within and after a divine service should take on a sacred format and style.  The secular realm should not be indulged.
We encourage that all music within a divine service from the song after the text until, but not including, the final anthem, be selected from our New Apostolic resources or arrangements of such hymns/songs.
Selections for before service and the final anthem may be selected from other sacred publishing as long as music style and lyric content supports Christ's teaching and remains "New Apostolic" in nature.

Further clarification

We support the use of congregation hymns before and during the divine service as can be arranged locally in the congregations.

March 1, 2010