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.