Church. The Baptist Hymnal and Fanny Crosby hymns. How I love those songs! I can sing most of them from memory. The joy and elation I feel when singing them! And while I love them most any way they are presented, my favorite is a piano and organ duet.
I remember back when Mama took me to First Baptist. They often sung The Doxology. And even today, it embodies worship for me. And I remember singing at the top of my lungs, "Bringing in the sheets. We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheets." It never made much sense to me, as I never saw Mama looking so full of joy when she brought in our sheets off the line. Had to learn to read before I understood it wasn't sheets, but sheaves. And then I had to continue learning some more to understand what a sheave was.
Pinecrest Baptist. Carolyn Graham at the piano. Played totally by ear. Me and Mary Lou would ride bikes to her house and eat apple pan dowdie and she'd play on her piano. Outside of church she could boogie-woogie like Jerry Lee Lewis!
Throughout most of my life I sat by my mother in church. Except for a few teen years when I thought it was cooler to sit with the other youth. How I cherish those memories of hearing her alto voice beside me. If fact, after she passed away, I tried going to church a time or two. But when the song service was going on, I missed her presence in my life more than any other time. Played a major role in me dropping out of services for about 12 years.
Now, I'm blessed to attend Wiley Mae Community Baptist that has a praise team unlike any I've heard. Bro. Eric, who is the Minister of Music and leads the team, even writes original songs in a country/gospel style that are incredible. But that little girl inside of me is just as happy when for some reason the praise team is out and one of the ladies plays the piano for us instead. Because to me, still, nothing says worship to my soul like the piano.
What is your favorite type of worship music?