The Use Of Shofars In Modern Worship

There is an increasing trend not only in the United States, but throughout the world to blend the blowing of shofars with modern praise and worship music. In our opinion, this mixing of the ancient and modern can make for a very powerful worship experience.

One example of this use of the shofar is posted below. This YouTube video is of Paul Wilbur and his band performing the song entitled “Let God Arise”. The song is introduced by a number of men clothed in prayer shawls blowing their shofars with all of their might. What is your opinion about this use of the shofar? In our opinion it really adds something extra…..

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  • http://www.zachicks.com Zac Hicks

    Pretty amazing! It’s nice to see more ancient and modern things juxtaposed together. In a more traditional way, we used the shofar recently to open up last season’s first Sunday in Lent. It made a powerful statement.

    More shofars, I say!

    Zac

  • http://shofar221.com Art Finkle

    I have sounded Shofar at Roman Catholic, Mainstream Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal assemblies, with great appreciation.

    We still have a teachable moment (if fleeting) to tell the story of Shofar. Its influence on prayer and its historical antecedents going back to the Temple sacrifices.

    For full explanation, go to

    Shofar Sounders WebPage

    http://shofar221.com

  • http://www.hearingshofar.com Michael

    Another great resource for learning about shofar is http://www.HearingShofar.com. You can download a book there called, Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram’s Horn, a compendium of shofar-related information and wisdom.

  • http://www.KenTamplinVocalAcademy.Com Ken Tamplin

    I think using Shofars is really cool btw… I would love like to see Christians to take our singing and playing craft more seriously. We seem to have fallen in to a rutt of “campfire music / singing” and though there is nothing wrong with that (for people 16 and under) this seems to keep getting spoonfed to the church as “great modern worship.” Paul said when I was a child I spoke as a child I reasoned as a child etc. but when I became older, I put away childish things.” I wish we could do that. Also: David played skillfully before the Lord. Old testament singers & musicians were hand picked by by their talents first and then weeded out by their dedication to God (because they had so many people “trying out” that were skillfull, they could afford to do that). Nowadays what we do is we pull in anyone “who’s heart is right” and leave out the talent part altogether. Paul said to run the race for the victor’s crown. The bible instructs us to study to show ourselves approved. Yes of course it means to study scripture but also to strive for excellence in all we do. I’m not in any way trying to eclipse the holy consecration of one’s self unto our creator in an abject posture of total surrender and holy communion unto our Lord, but I would so love to see the church take God seriously as though they are playing before a King, rather than it be “just good enough.”
    -KT

  • http://daniel.nessim.org Daniel Nessim

    I am against using the Shofar in Christian worship. For us as Jews it is an evocative instrument used with devotion and kavannah, not like a vuvuzela at a football match.

  • art finkle

    We have a teachable moment (if fleeting) to tell the story of Shofar. Its influence on prayer and its historical antecedents going back to the Temple sacrifices.

    For full explanation of Shofar, its influence on prayer and its historical antecedents going back to the Temple sacrifices,
    go to:

    Hearing Shofar

    http://www.hearingshofar.com

    Shofar Blog

    http://hearingshofar.blogspot.com

    Video “How to Play Shofar”

    http://tinyurl.com/29qhh3g

    Article http://tinyurl.com/27ykf94

  • http://www.subhaavarthatv.com p.suresh

    shalom i am suresh david my wife esther we are so happy all your songs worship we bless you (num 6v24-26)we love all jewish people jewish christens bless you pls pray for suresh esther and pankajamma my mother plz pray for our ministry we bless you all israel jerusalem bless you shalom suresh, my cell 09502037107

  • Kathy Dennis

    I love this display of exuberant worship. I think we have much to learn from ancient worship. What a nice way to use the pattern of the old with the new! Kathy V.