A Capella Hymns
Music, specifically singing, has been a part of true worship going all the way back to the song of Moses in the fifteenth chapter of Exodus, and probably before. Today, you can find 185 songs throughout the words of scripture, and although the Bible isn't a songbook, it does include one, Psalms, which contains 150 of these songs. Many other words of scripture have since been put to music and have been sung in worship services for centuries.
Outside of the Word of God, men and women have applied their beautiful poetry to music, and these songs make up a wonderful legacy of worship. In Colossians 3:16, Paul says "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." It is this exhortation to sing that we apply today as we write and sing these beautiful songs of Zion.
At Bethany, in our attempt to follow the New Testament example, we sing a variety of songs, hymns and spiritual songs just as they did in the early church when musical instruments weren't part of worship. For centuries, the church worshipped with the instrument given them by their creator, their voice. This musical style became so synonomous with the church that it was called "a capella" meaning "in the manner of the chapel".
Take the time to enjoy this music by clicking play on the song you wish to hear. Some of these tunes are hundreds of years old, while some of them are fairly new. If you've never experienced a capella worship, there's not an experience like it anywhere. It is an experience that, we believe, glorifies God like no other.