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Church Musicians
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The primary musicians of the church are the faithful gathered for worship, and only by extension also choirs, soloists, and instrumentalists. The church, understood in the NT as a charismatic community (1 Corinthians 12–14; Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:15–20), manifests its praise and thanksgiving to God in “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” Such doxological offerings are the common “sacrifice of praise” (Heb. 13:15) of the universal priesthood. Early Christian communities continued familiar prayer traditions, incorporating psalms and canticles while composing new hymns and …

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Hawkins, Robert D., “Church Musicians”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C843>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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