The church pianist plays a very important role in setting the mood for the service through the use of prelude music.
For example, this past Wednesday evening was very rainy and dreary. I chose more peppy, uplifting hymns for the prelude… to create a happy mood. In general, I try to use peppy hymns for the prelude. I want to communicate to the listeners that the Christian life can be joyful. There are times for slower hymns but I prefer to use more upbeat hymns during the prelude.
Here’s a list of hymns I played for the prelude this past Wednesday night…
There is Sunshine in My Soul Today
I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord
Showers of Blessing 🙂
For offertory, Sunshine (our other church pianist) and myself, played “Count Your Blessings” from the hymnal.
We as church pianists certaintly have a wonderful opportunity to encourage our church family in the Lord through the use of prelude music.