Yet because the preached word is not the only means by which God speaks to us in worship, other venues for the Word are emphasized as well. The relocation of the organ and choir highlights how the Word comes to us in a very special way through music.
Theologically, moving the organ and the choir to the main floor emphasizes the communal nature of worship. The Book of Order suggests that the primary role of the choir is “to lead the congregation in the singing of prayer. They also may pray on behalf of the congregation with introits, responses, and other musical forms.”
The Book of Order further indicates that “instrumental music may be a form of prayer since words are not essential to prayer.” Thus, the current placement of the choir and organ reflect and augment the significant role our Book of Order gives to music.